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Create file from Assets

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Community Member, 541 Posts

30 April 2011 at 9:15am

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,



Forum Moderator, 1899 Posts

3 May 2011 at 1:03am

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');


Community Member, 541 Posts

3 May 2011 at 1:39am

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!