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cLive ;-) has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question: (cgi programming)

How do i return a file with CGI and suggest a file name to 'save as'

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Re: How do i return a file with CGI and suggest a file name to 'save as'
by cLive ;-) (Prior) on Jul 20, 2001 at 22:33 UTC
    use CGI;

    when printing the file to the browser, use the following header:

    print $query->header(-type=>'application/octet-stream', -attachment=>'foo.doc');
      PS - this doesn't work with all browsers. So, if you can, append your script URL as follows when you call it (this seems to sort out most situations):
      http://my.domain/url/of_script.cgi/suggested_filename
      where 'suggested_filename' is the name you want the file saved as.
Re: How do i return a file with CGI and suggest a file name to 'save as'
by Guildenstern (Deacon) on Jul 20, 2001 at 23:00 UTC
    Use the Content-Disposition header and specifiy the filename from within there. See BBQ's take on this here.