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Bug #10466 hidden '.' files don't work with file_exists()
Submitted: 2001-04-23 17:02 UTC Modified: 2001-04-24 12:16 UTC
From: atom at suspicious dot org Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Filesystem function related
PHP Version: 4.0.4pl1 OS: linux 2.4.2 (red-hat 6) i686
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2001-04-23 17:02 UTC] atom at suspicious dot org
file_exists () seems to get confused with 'hidden' files, starting with '.' (dot).

this works fine:
if(file_exists(test/normal-file)) {
            die ("error message");

this does not work:
if(file_exists(test/.hidden-file)) {
            die ("error message");


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 [2001-04-23 17:13 UTC]
Usually we like to have more information than 'doesn't work'. :)
But for the moment, what happens if you quote your strings?


if (file_exists('/file/names/must/be/.quoted.txt')) {
   . . .

 [2001-04-23 18:46 UTC] atom at suspicious dot org
single quotes works fine. thanks!

also, could be a bug, but i got it to work by having it ~follow~ a symbolic link.

it didn't check that the link existed, it checked the the place the link pointed to existed.
could be a security issue.

thanks... atom
 [2001-04-24 12:16 UTC] atom at suspicious dot org
single quotes solved it.

 [2016-09-12 23:50 UTC] hanswienerschnitzel at gmail dot com
Thats it? And what if i got a hidden file name in a $var?
Since 2001 no fix?

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 [2016-09-13 11:22 UTC] hanswienerschnitzel at gmail dot com
Pls forget my comment.
There was a problem with my var.
My fault ofc.
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