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I've read all the typical mumbo jumbo on directory scanning and counting content, but it seems like the more practical stuff is missing.

1: The rewinddir function is nice... but is there a fast way to arbitrarily jump dir position? (like what fseek is to files)
Would this somehow be possible with the resource context param?
2: Shouldn't the Count of contents in a directry be kept as a value by the system? Would save time otherwise wasted on iterating through.

3: Hypothetically, if there are millions of files in a directory, are you screwed?

Thanks for any help.

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Here are the answers as far as I know them

1) If any such function exists, I don't know of it. Just define one.
function dirseek($path,$num) {
if (!($handle = opendir($path))) {
echo "The path could not be opened";
} else {
while (FALSE !== ($file = readdir($handle)) && $i < $num) {
return $file;

2) Whether or not this should be true hypothetically, it's not.

3) No, you underestimate how fast a computer, especially a server can find files.

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my concern with the solution you presented was the needless memory usage it comes with (although it's better than scandir, according to this http://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=31515)

Thanks though.
I'll have to devise some sort of indexing scheme or something.

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Unless you are running these script on a pretty out of date server, or you are getting a ton of hits I don't think that you need to worry too much about that.
Time the function; I would bet it takes less than a second. And afterwards, the memory no longer being used. Not a particularly heavy burden on any server.

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