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Generating CSV files for download to clients computer in a (monorail) web app

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I have written a web app using monrail web framework http://www.castleproject.org/monorail/index.html. It generates reports, and displays them on the browser as well as converting this to a csv. Currently that csv file is generated and stored on the webserver, this is no good. What I need to know is how to get that csv file to download onto the clients machine.
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Can anyone help, I don't suppose it is too difficult lots of web-apps have this functionality. Bascially, all I need is for a csv file to be generated that will save on the users machine. If someone can give a general answer on the approach I will be able to tailor it to my specific framework/language.

Many thanks!
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You can't generate a file on the user's machine.  You need to offer a link to the user to download the created file from the server.  If you want automation, you can push the file to user by forwarding them to the URL.
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It's the automation part I am interested in. How can I push the file to the user?
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Thanks for your input!
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