PHP to read data from local machine


I am fairly new to PHP, so please bear with me:

I am trying to write a php script that would read a text document on one machine and send that to Adobe Flex such that it would put that data into the appropriate fields.

I already have the connection between php and flex sorted out. But my only problem is trying to read the data on one’s computer.

This is what I have so far: (note I am doing this on a windows machine)

	// get contents of a file into a string
	$filename = "C:\Documents and Settings\me\Desktop\stationText.txt";
	$return .= "<fileOpen>";
	$handle = fopen($filename, "r");
	if( $handle == false)
		die("unable to open File");
	$contents = fread($handle, filesize($filename));

	$return .= "<viewData>".$contents."</viewData></fileOpen>";
	echo $return;

Note: I am sending the data to XML, such that it could be read in Adobe Flex (that part works as long as the fopen works)

Another Note: I am writing this to pass data to Flex 2.

Any help would be much greatly appreciated

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