You know how to create a file. You know how to open a file in an assortment of different ways. You even know how to read and write data from a file!
Now it's time to learn how to destroy (delete) files. In PHP you delete files
by calling the unlink function.
PHP - File Unlink
When you view the contents of a directory you can see all the files that exist in that
directory because the operating system or application that you are using displays a list of filenames. You can think of these filenames as links that
join the files to the directory you are currently viewing.
If you unlink a file, you are effectively
causing the system to forget about it or delete it!
Before you can delete (unlink) a file, you must first be sure that it is not
open in your program. Use the fclose function to close down an open file.
PHP - Unlink FunctionRemember from the PHP File Create lesson that we created a file named
$myFile = "testFile.txt"; $fh = fopen($myFile, 'w') or die("can't open file"); fclose($fh);
Now to delete testFile.txt we simply run a PHP script that is located
in the same directory. Unlink just needs to know the name of the file
to start working its destructive magic.
$myFile = "testFile.txt"; unlink($myFile);
The testFile.txt should now be removed.
PHP - Unlink: Safety First!With great power comes a slough of potential things you can mess up! When you
are performing the unlink function be sure that you are deleting the right file!