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How to hide Download Link (with PHP), but support Resume function?

Last Modified: 2013-12-25
I use this PHP script for download file, to Hide direct link of file, or for authenticate before Download.
But this code is not allow Resume Download from client (for example , client uses some Download Manager: IDM,



if (isset($file))
      header('Pragma: public');
      header('Expires: 0');
      header('Cache-Control: must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0');
      header('Content-Type: application/octet-stream');// . getmimetype($file));
      header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename='.basename($file));
      header('Content-Length: ' . filesize($file));

How can I resume for Downloading in this case? or have other solution for my problem?

Thanks much!
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@snrudda: how to create symlink or hardlink ?
and if i use link, the number of HTTPD process is the same with my solution? (100user download -> 100 httpd process)
and i need crontab to delete link?

In PHP you can create links using symlink() and link() functions. Of course you should have rights to do that but there is no problem in doing that.

To remove links you can use crontabs or simple store list of links created before and put code that remove expired ones in the beginning of any page you know is to be requested often enough. I'd prefer crontab anyway.

The difference between downloading 100 files via webserver directly vs via php script is that 100 PHP processes won't be in the memory. And as I said different web server will be nice way out as 100 processes if nginx is something like 1 apache and download speed will be much faster while system load really lower.

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