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Create file from Assets


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30 April 2011 at 9:15am Community Member, 509 Posts

Hi All,

Quick question, does anyone know if it is possible to generate a file (that will be put in the assets folder) from a template?

I want to create an XML file with content from a form and generate the XML file from a template.

I suppose I could use SimpleXML, would prefer to use a template if I can.

Cheers in advance,



3 May 2011 at 1:03am Forum Moderator, 1796 Posts

Hi Mo,

I think these two things may help...

form the Filetest.php

      $folder = Folder::findOrMake('/FileTest/');
      $testfilePath = 'assets/FileTest/CreateWithFilenameHasCorrectPath.txt'; // Important: No leading slash
      $fh = fopen(BASE_PATH . '/' . $testfilePath, "w");
      fwrite($fh, str_repeat('x',1000000));
      $file = new File();
      $file->Filename = $testfilePath;
      // TODO This should be auto-detected
      $file->ParentID = $folder->ID;

to render something without a page controller...

         $vd = new ViewableData();
         $ad = new ArrayData(array(
            'Data' => $dos
         $strHTML = $vd->customise($ad)->renderWith('MyTemplate');


3 May 2011 at 1:39am Community Member, 509 Posts

Oh cool, hopefully that will do what I want :-). I was thinking about renderWith but wasn't sure if it could be used like that. Fingers crossed!