AUllah1 AUllah1 - 1 year ago 103
PHP Question

PHP to search within txt file and echo the whole line

Using php, I'm trying to create a script which will search within a text file and grab that entire line and echo it.

I have a text file (.txt) titled "numorder.txt" and within that text file, there are several lines of data, with new lines coming in every 5 minutes (using cron job). The data looks similar to:

2 aullah1
7 name
12 username

How would I go about creating a php script which will search for the data "aullah1" and then grab the entire line and echo it? (Once echoed, it should display "2 aullah1" (without quotations).

If I didn't explain anything clearly and/or you'd like me to explain in more detail, please comment.

Answer Source

And a PHP example, multiple matching lines will be displayed:

$file = 'somefile.txt';
$searchfor = 'name';

// the following line prevents the browser from parsing this as HTML.
header('Content-Type: text/plain');

// get the file contents, assuming the file to be readable (and exist)
$contents = file_get_contents($file);
// escape special characters in the query
$pattern = preg_quote($searchfor, '/');
// finalise the regular expression, matching the whole line
$pattern = "/^.*$pattern.*\$/m";
// search, and store all matching occurences in $matches
if(preg_match_all($pattern, $contents, $matches)){
   echo "Found matches:\n";
   echo implode("\n", $matches[0]);
   echo "No matches found";