using include() on a compressed file

I've got a file in a htaccess protected directory, that I want to have downloaded by people authenticated through a mysql database.

the problem that when I use include ("somedir/file.tar.gz"); the result is displayed binary rather than a download prompt.

any suggestions?

Alternately I've tried including a html file from the same directory, and have it redirect to the file in question. this ends up giving the expected login pop-up.. (I thought I could embed the authentication into the redirect link.. NOPE! heh)
LVL 14
kenfcampAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

lozlozCommented:
hi,

you want to use header to tell the browser to download the file, then you need to use fopen to open the file and give it to the browser.. here's an example:

<?
$path = "somefile/file.tar.gz";
$thefile = file_get_contents($path);
header( "Content-type: application/x-gzip" );
header( "Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=yourchosenfilename.tar.gz" );
print $thefile;
?>

you can probably add some more information in the headers there if you want, such as

header("Content-Length: " . filesize($path));

best to look at the comments here though:

http://uk2.php.net/header

loz
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
kenfcampAuthor Commented:
geez!

I was off by one string .. you nailed it..

Thanks !
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Web Languages and Standards

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.