How can i download files via a link which are not in a web dir ?

Posted on 2008-10-10
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Last Modified: 2013-12-24
I have a need for users to download some files like copy of their invoices which are not stored on a
Dir which is exposed via a webserver. So i would like to use something like a cffile to be able to access
these files which are on a network share. How can i use cffile to either allow the usere to get the pdf file
directly on his screen or ask him where he wants to save it

Question by:AlexPonnath
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Expert Comment

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You offer to user a link that contains a target CFM page that does the cfcontent download.

The link looks like this:

<a href="download.cfm?filename=yourfile.pdf">yourfile.pdf</a>

Or if the file share path has to be provided:
<a href="download.cfm?filename=\\servername\sharename\foldername\yourfile.pdf">yourfile.pdf</a>

The download.cfm takes that URL.filename parameter and provides the <cfcontent>
Like this:

<cfcontent file="#URL.filename#" > 

and if all fileshare path is the same folder:

<cfcontent file="\\server\share\folder\#URL.filename#" > 

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Expert Comment

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But be aware that access rights problem is NOT solved that proposal.
The download.cfm has to check for user rights to access download.cfm
The file share has to be set to allow ColdFusion associted system user to access the share for at least read access.


Author Comment

ID: 22694280
Ok, but how can i prompt the user if he wants to save the file instead of just displaying it o the webpage ?

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Expert Comment

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Close first open questions.
Basicaly is this also answered but because you asked "... OR ask" you can wait for that second part until you closed the other answered questoions.

Author Comment

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what are you talking ? i did not know how this is going to behave until i tried the code !
So for me the ansewr is incomplete since it does not produce the desired solution !
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<cfheader name="Content-Disposition" value="inline; filename=#URL.filename#">
<cfcontent file="D:/coldfusion8/wwwroot/ee/#URL.filename#" type="application/octet" >

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Any progress here?

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