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PHP and shorter URLs



I am wondering if anyone knows of a way to create shorter URLs from larger ones using PHP? I am not very good with PHP, but here at work we use REALLY long URLs and a lot of times the URLs break in email. Unforutnately, I have no control over the creation of these URLs, but I would like to have a tool to shorten them in case there are problems with the links breaking. I found tinyurl.com, which does this already, however I would like to put this on our intranet site.

Thanks for any help you can give.
Well if you have some database storage to spare I think I can give you a tip:
$big_phat_url = "http://verrrrry.long.url/";

$db_key = md5($big_phat_url);    //Generates a 32 char key
$short_url = "http://server/path/short_url.php?url=" . $db_key;
Store the $db_key and $big_phat_url in the database and send the $short_url in the email.

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