I'm trying to figure something out and thought I'd see if you guys have any 

The goal:  tracking the number of downloads for files on the server.

The approach:  routing file downloads through /download.php like this:

What I tried that worked was using javascript to launch download.php in a 
new window and use a meta tag to redirect to the file in question, like this:

        print "<meta http-equiv='refresh' content='0; URL=$destination'>";

This works, but it's really slow, because it usually takes a while to open 
a new browser window.

I found another approach, but couldn't get it to work:

        $content_type = "Content-type:  application/zip";
        header("Content-disposition: filename=".$filename);

It seemed I got close at one point... it would open a File Save window, but 
the file would end up as 0 bytes in size.

My preference is using the second approach if I can get it working, because 
it's much faster than opening a new browser window.  Any ideas of how to 
make it work?



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