need php help

Msg # 19 of 82 on Fidonet Linux User Echo
Time: Friday, 11-22-19, 2:20
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 On 2019 Nov 12 19:50:46, you wrote to me:
 AA>> I type it in at the root site address:
 AA>>    http:// /what-time-changed-php.php
 AA>>  ..but this is coming up with a blank display.
 AA>> What am I doing wrong?
 ml>> invalid or no html? have you looked at the resulting page's
 ml>> source in your browser?
 AA> php can be executed directly.
i know :)
 AA> I don't need to call it within html.
i didn't say you did but if you expect a browser to properly render the
 it should be in proper html format ;)
 ml>> also, for security reasons, you'd be better off to have
 ml>> $filename contain only the file's name... put the path in
 ml>> another one and do not output it at all... then connect the two
 ml>> when needed...
 AA> What do you mean "do not output it at all"?  How would I see the result
 AA> otherwise?
i'm saying that if you want to keep your server's directory layout secret to
prevent possible hacking access and fore-knowledge of your setup, do not
 the path of the file...
 AA> I just want to produce a report of "last modified" dates of files in
 AA> specific directories. And if that works, have the script email the
 AA> on a schedule. But the above is a first step.
then why be messing with looking at the output in a browser?
 AA> How would this would be a security risk?
because it would publish the path to those with possibly nefearious
Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would
 them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.
... Kindly observe the mistletoe on my coattails as I depart... D. Drum
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