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filetype - Gets file type
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filetype( string$filename ): string|false

Returns the type of the given file.



Path to the file.

Return Values

Returns the type of the file. Possible values are fifo, char, dir, block, link, file, socket and unknown.

Returns false if an error occurs. filetype will also produce an E_NOTICE message if the stat call fails or if the file type is unknown.

Exceptions and Errors

Upon failure, an E_WARNING is emitted.



The results of this function are cached. See clearstatcache for more details.

As of PHP 5.0.0, this function can also be used with some URL wrappers. Refer to to determine which wrappers support stat family of functionality.

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