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Answer: How do i force the user to download my content?

by Joost (Canon)
on Apr 22, 2002 at 12:43 UTC ( #161040=categorized answer: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Q&A > CGI programming > How do i force the user to download my content? - Answer contributed by Joost

As per RFC 2616 (HTTP/1.1), you might try setting the following headers:

Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="fname.ext" Content-Type: application/octet-stream

Note:
In practice the content-disposition only specifies a preferred filename for when you choose "Save as" from your browser-menu.

You also need to set content-type to application/octet-stream if you want the browser to "force" a "Save file as..." popup instead of it trying to display the data first.

Joost.

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[Eily]: you mean a dll where the SW was written in perl? That sounds unlikely
[muthusathish]: please help me regarding this
[hippo]: Easier just to go and look at the source, no?
[Eily]: mostly because perl isn't compiled in the usual sense of the meaning, you can't execute the opcodes directly, you need the perl engine
[muthusathish]: i dont have the environment too, but i need to get the logics so that i can re-wite
[Eily]: what makes you think your dll is "perl based" ?
[muthusathish]: i dont have source code too
[muthusathish]: it is used in VB 6 appln, while debugging is getting error
[hippo]: Somebody has. Ask the author.
[Eily]: muthusathish ok, the fact that you can't tell what perl has to do with it proves it: this is not perl

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