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Update page using Ajax while PHP script is running

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I am using PHP to parse XML data, which ultimately gets stored into a database. However, while I am downloading and parsing the XML (which takes about 30 seconds), I would like to give the user status reports.

Since I am on Apache 1.0.33, I cannot do any type of page flushing to force output to the browser.

What I would like is to use Ajax to update the status div element while my script is running.

The only solution I have in mind is to use 2 hidden iframes. 1 frame holds the actual script that parses data, and stores messages in a $_SESSION and a second script that reloads (using javascript) every second or so, reads the contents of the $_SESSION message and updates the form.

However, this does not seem to be a very elegant solution. I guess I want more of a event-driven solution.
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