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ftell — Retrieves the file pointer position.


int ftell(file_handle);
resource file_handle: File handle


File pointer position; FALSE on error


Returns the current position of the file pointer in the file. The position is returned as a number of bytes.


3.0.5: Unverified bug on SGI IRIX reporting an invalid file pointer after read operation.


Example 327. Seek/read in a file

$fh = fopen("test.txt", "r");

echo ("Current position: ". ftell($fh) ." bytes.<br>");
echo ("Character at this position: ". fgetc($fh) ."<br>");

// advance a few bytes
fseek($fh, 8);

echo ("New position: ". ftell($fh) ." bytes.<br>");
echo ("Character at this position: ". fgetc($fh));


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