Recursive Glob

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While building the upgrade script for tentacle I knew that the file I was going to work with would be a zip, and would contain many subfolders.

PHP has a function called glob that finds files pathnames matching a pattern.

It works really well but only goes one level deep, using the recursive_glob() function lets you return a folders file structure.

function recursive_glob($pattern = '</em>', $flags = 0, $path = '')
    $paths = glob($path . '*', GLOB_MARK | GLOB_ONLYDIR | GLOB_NOSORT);
    $files = glob($path . $pattern, $flags);
    foreach ($paths as $path) {
        $files = array_merge($files, recursive_glob($pattern, $flags, $path));

    return $files;

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