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Create file with unique file name (PHP 4, PHP 5)
string tempnam ( string dir, string prefix )

Creates a file with a unique filename, with access permission set to 0600, in the specified directory. If the directory does not exist, tempnam() may generate a file in the system's temporary directory, and return the name of that.



The directory where the temporary filename will be created.


The prefix of the generated temporary filename.

Return Values

Returns the new temporary filename, or FALSE on failure.


4.0.6 Prior to PHP 4.0.6, the behaviour of the tempnam() function was system dependent. On Windows the TMP environment variable will override the dir parameter, on Linux the TMPDIR environment variable has precedence, while SVR4 will always use your dir parameter if the directory it points to exists. Consult your system documentation on the tempnam(3) function if in doubt.
4.0.3 This function's behavior changed in 4.0.3. The temporary file is also created to avoid a race condition where the file might appear in the filesystem between the time the string was generated and before the script gets around to creating the file. Note, that you need to remove the file in case you need it no more, it is not done automatically.


Example 670. tempnam() example

= tempnam("/tmp", "FOO");

$handle = fopen($tmpfname, "w");
fwrite($handle, "writing to tempfile");

// do here something




If PHP cannot create a file in the specified dir parameter, it falls back on the system default.