Thanks to all who offered suggestions. I have now solved the problem.
Realising that what was actually happening was the offered filename being the same as the php script name, I built a routine which checks to see if a script with the desired <filename>.php exists and if not it copies my script to a file with that name. This takes place when the page is first loaded, redirecting to the next page in the web-process (remember that I'm doing all this with Lasso/Filemaker). The button on that page then calls for the <filename> script which pushes out the correctly named pdf document to the user. I have another button which asks for confirmation that the download was completed satisfactorily and that is used to delete the temporary <filename>.php script. This methgod may be of use to someone else. If so, please email me and I'll share my code. Regards George P in Edinburgh and looking forward to Frankfurt next week ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bill Rausch" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: "George Pitcher" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>; <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Sent: Friday, October 19, 2001 8:22 PM Subject: RE: [PHP] Delivering NAMED pdf files > George, > > Rasmus' suggestion is correct, but he was terse as usual :) and you > might not have understood what he was saying. > > My solution is to present a list of the filenames available as LINKS > (to non-existent files). Then the script does what you've already > got. The problem is that some browsers "cheat" and ignore the > filename that you send in the headers "because they think they know > better" because of the URL that is currently active. So you fool them > by making a fake URL. > > In my case I have links that look like: > <a href="/dl.php/file.pdf">file.pdf</a> > > and my dl.php script looks something like: > > ... > $uri = urldecode(substr($REQUEST_URI,8)); # skip over the /dl.php/ > $x = strpos( $uri, "?" ); # get rid of trailing SID, etc. > if( $x > 0 ) > $uri = substr($uri,0,$x); > > header( ... > header( ... > > readfile( "$realfileloc/$uri" ); > ... > > Bill > -- > Bill Rausch, Software Development, Unix, Mac, Windows > Numerical Applications, Inc. 509-943-0861 [EMAIL PROTECTED] _________________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Get your free @yahoo.com address at http://mail.yahoo.com -- PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] For additional commands, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To contact the list administrators, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]