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!doctype html>

<html lang="en">


<meta charset="utf-8">






if (move_uploaded_file($_FILES['the_file']['tmp_name'],"C:\uploads\{$_FILES['the_file']['name']}")) {

print '<p>your file has been uploaded.</p>';


}else {

print '<p style="color:red;">Your file couldnot be uploaded because :';


switch ($_FILES['the_file']['error']) {

case 1:

print 'the file excceeds the upload_max-file size setting in php.oni';


case 2:

print 'The file exceeds the max-FILE_SIZE SETTING IN THE HTML FORM';


case 3:

print 'The file was only partially uploaded';


case 4:

print 'No fil was uploaded';


case 6:

print 'The temporary folder does not exixts,';



print 'something unforeseen happend';



print '.</p>';





<form action="upload_file.php" enctype="multipart/form-data" method="post">

<p> Upload a file using this form:</p>

<input type="hidden" name="MAX_FILE_SIZE" value="300000">

<p><input type="file" name="the_file"></p>

<p><input type="submit" name="submit" value="upload this file"></p>





when i try to run this i get this error:

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '' (T_ENCAPSED_AND_WHITESPACE), expecting identifier (T_STRING) or variable (T_VARIABLE) or number (T_NUM_STRING) in C:\xampp\htdocs\PHPexamples\chapter11\upload_file.php on line 10


 not understanding move_uploaded_file() function here.

 if i am right, i should be able to upload any file from PC and load it to uploads folder?

 its bit confusing and not clear ,,page 318-320 ..

i didnt even get html form to upload any file.

i had saved jpg file in some different directory and wanted to upload that and move it to uploads folder..

please some one explain.

thank you.


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i changed my uploads folder to



then i am getting error as:


Warning: move_uploaded_file(..C:/uploads/sun-flower.jpg): failed to open stream: Invalid argument in C:\xampp\htdocs\PHPexamples\chapter11\upload_file.php on line 11

Warning: move_uploaded_file(): Unable to move 'C:\xampp\tmp\php968F.tmp' to '..C:/uploads/sun-flower.jpg' in C:\xampp\htdocs\PHPexamples\chapter11\upload_file.php on line 11

Your file couldnot be uploaded because :something unforeseen happend.

Upload a file using this form:



  guess i am making simple mistake in making /creating folder or addressing it...which i am not able to get it !

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.. is a computer way of going up a directory. This begins a relative path.


C:/ is a Windows way of referring to the root directory of the C harddrive. This begins an absolute path.


You cannot use both at the same time.


Depending upon where your uploads folder is, you likely want to use either ../uploads or C:/xampp/htdocs/PHPexamples/chapter11/uploads

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I am also having some issue with the directory path and don't want to put it in the same folder as the upload_file.php file.  I have attached a snippet of my directory and here is the corresponding code:

  if (move_uploaded_file ($_FILES['the_file']['tmp_name'], "c:/xampp/uploads/
            {$_FILES['the_file']['name']}")) {
            print '<p>Your file has been uploaded.</p>';
          } else { // problem occurs

My form is loading loading and seems to be functioning properly.652699556_uploadlocation.PNG.6f65a9c4e2d6e22ec164a92921a77341.PNG

this is my error message:

Warning: move_uploaded_file(c:/xampp/uploads/ Freedom PE form.docx): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in C:\xampp\htdocs\FilesAndDirectoriesCh11\upload_file.php on line 19

Warning: move_uploaded_file(): Unable to move 'C:\xampp\tmp\phpE046.tmp' to 'c:/xampp/uploads/ Freedom PE form.docx' in C:\xampp\htdocs\FilesAndDirectoriesCh11\upload_file.php on line 19

Your file could not be uploaded because: Something unforeseen happened.


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Hmm...this isn't obvious to me. A guess is that "c" vs. "C" may be a problem, but that's just a blind guess. I have no idea if that's a problem for Windows or not. My second guess is that initial space in the file name is causing a problem. Make sure that move_uploaded_file() code is on one line. 

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