[development] Better documentation for working with uploaded files?

Richard Morse remorse at partners.org
Thu Jul 12 18:35:10 UTC 2007

Hi!  Is there a better source for documentation on how to work with  
uploaded files than http://drupal.org/node/111782 [the handbook's  
page]?  The list of function for working with files on api.drupal.org  
is not particularly helpful, and the handbook page is also rather  

Specifically, I want to have users upload seven files (all of which  
must be there), and then save them in a directory *which may not be a  
subdirectory of the Drupal files directory*.  Also, I don't want  
Drupal's file upload size restrictions to apply for this one use.

Or, in this case, would it make sense to just ignore the Drupal file  
functions and use $_FILES and the php file handling code directly?   
Would this adversely affect the FormAPI stuff?  Would I be able to  
use a _validate function if I'm not using the Drupal file handling  


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