header("Content-type: application/x-octet-stream");
You'll also need differing Content-disposition: headers for IE and Netscape.
And, just for fun, you need Content-length: if you expect the pretty
progress meter to work.
For total fun, there's also a minor version of some browser where you need
to incorporate the filename into the URL:


The broken browser stupidly ignores your headers and uses the URL to decide
what to do...

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From: Smileyq <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Newsgroups: php.general
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2001 1:15 AM
Subject: Getting a script to download files from an ftp server?

> I'm attempting to write a script to download files from a ftp server.
> Basically what will need to be done is this. The website will have a
> searchable database and once the selected items are found will have a
> download link. From this I would like to click on the download link and
> sent that to the php script to download the file.
> I've been messing around with it but can't seem to get it to work. As an
>   example I've sending the request from the previos page like this.
> page.php?dir=blabla&file=downloadme.tar.gz  . This is then sent to the
> php script and I cant' get it to download correctly. I'm looking for it
> to pop up the download manager and download it that way instead of
> opening it up in the browser. I'm at a loss here. Thanks..

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