Creating a pseudo filename for downloading? help!

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Hi there all,

I have an interesting problem....

I work for a company that develops software for the building industry
and would like to distribute one of our software products via the

here is the problem

The main file sits on my web server. We generate unique URLs for the
buyer to download the software. We also generate unique filenames and
store it in a database along with the unique URL This in essence is a
pseudo filename

When the user clicks on the URL that we send him  I need the PHP
script to initiate the file transfer giving the user the pseudo
filename rather than the actual filename on the server

I have everything working except for the ability to send the user the
pseudo filename! at this moment in time we are sending them the same
filename as the file sitting on our server.

Is there anyway of doing this with PHP?


Any help would much be appreciated

Edit: In my code I have tried the following

header('Content-Description: File
header('Content-Type: application/force-download'); //
Tells the browser to expect a download
header("Content-Transfer-Encoding: Binary");  //
Tells the browser the format of the data
header('Content-Length: ' .
filesize($realfilename)); // Tells the browser the size
of the file
header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=' .
basename($uniquefilename)); //  Tells the browser the
name of the file


As you can see I am reading the original filename's properties however
using the Content-Disposition header to tell the browser the filename
to download!

For some reason I.E always recieves a 0k file...??? -php- web design

Re: Creating a pseudo filename for downloading? help!

On Sun, 21 Aug 2005 09:00:56 GMT, rudderstick wrote:
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I haven't checked, but if there is no way around this using just header
commands, try copying the file to the required name, readfile()-ing that,
then delete the copy.

E. Dronkert

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