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Posted on 1998-09-18
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How do I set up a page that lists text files for download (similar to .zip files) to the client's computer - not displayed on the browser.  It seems to automagically work for .zip files, but not for general non-html files.
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by:ru
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LOOK I THINK U WRITE <A HREF="WRITE THE NAME OF THE FILE TO DOWNLOAD">WRITE WHAT U WANT IT TO SAY HERE IN BLUE</A>
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by:lgrove
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I've already tried that.  But what I get is the file displayed in the browser.  I want the file to be treated like a .zip file and prompt the user to where they want to save it.
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use  HREF="ftp://xxx.ext">
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you can also ask your viewer to go to their file menu and click "save as file"
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I get "User anonymous unknown."  Now what?
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jbirk earned 450 total points
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In this situation, I think the best solution is to either state next to your text files for download that the user should right click on the link and choose 'save link as...' to download it.
If you don't want to do that the best way is to change it's format, namely zip it up into a zip file, then it will automatically get downloaded and the user can then unzip the text file out of it.
-Josh
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