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I want to load and display the content of a text file (actually it is a cache file). I tested both method using a long for loop as


for ($i=0; $i < 10000; $i++) {
$handle = fopen("test.txt", "r");
$text = fread($handle, filesize("test.txt"));
echo $text;


for ($i=0; $i < 10000; $i++) {
$text = file_get_contents("test.txt");
echo $text;


but the results were similar, though with a large distribution of the comparative data. The speed of a method was 0.5 to 2.0 faster than the other one (in various runs). Which method do you recommend? Could you please quote the pros and cons of each method?

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