I wish to make a simple GET request to another script on a different server. How do I do this?
In one case, I just need to request an external script without the need for any output.
make_request('http://www.externalsite.com/script1.php?variable=45'); //example usage
In the second case, I need to get the text output.
$output = make_request('http://www.externalsite.com/script2.php?variable=45'); echo $output; //string output
To be honest, I do not want to mess around with CURL as this isn't really the job of CURL. I also do not want to make use of http_get as I do not have the PECL extensions.
Would fsockopen work? If so, how do I do this without reading in the contents of the file? Is there no other way?
I should of added, in the first case, I do not want to wait for the script to return anything. As I understand file_get_contents() will wait for the page to load fully etc?