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I have a folder inside my theme where I hold some txt files which I am including in a theme. The problem is that before including txt file I need to check if it does exist. I fail checking it the following way and have no idea why it wont work, always returns false.

$themeLocation = get_bloginfo('template_url');
$fileName1 = $themeLocation.'/txtfolder/file1.txt';

   echo 'It does exist';
} else {
   echo 'Error';
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You are trying to check it by URL, which makes no sense to is_file() which expects local path. By the way I'd use file_exists() instead.


$fileName1 = TEMPLATEPATH . '/txtfolder/file1.txt';
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Thank you so much! Works now! – Alex Sep 5 '11 at 20:35
@Rarst Is there any particular reason why you'd use file_exists() over is_file() in this case? – w3d Sep 5 '11 at 22:18
@w3d not really, just more used to see file_exists() check used (or at least used first). Hadn't really looked into nuances. – Rarst Sep 5 '11 at 22:50

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