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Issues displaying pdf from Mysql (blob) with Firefox and Safari browsers.

Last Modified: 2013-12-12
Hello.  I am using the following code to display pdf files that I have stored in mysql as a blob.  It works fine in internet explorer on my pc.  But I have been told by mac users that the pdf will not display when they try and open it in Firefox or safari.

Can someone explain why this is happening or just provide a quick fix that will allow anyone to view the pdf no matter what browser they are using?

$dbh = mysql_connect("*****", "slcbasketball", "*****");
mysql_select_db("slcbasketball", $dbh);
if (isset($_REQUEST['id']) && $_REQUEST['id'] != '') {
	$qstr = "SELECT * FROM `basketbvarsched` WHERE `basketbvarsched_id`=".intval($_REQUEST["id"]);
} else {
	$qstr = "SELECT * FROM `basketbvarsched` ORDER BY `basketbvarsched_id` DESC LIMIT 1";
$result = mysql_query($qstr, $dbh);
if (@mysql_num_rows($result) > 0) {
$row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result);
$type = $row["basketbvarsched_type"];
header("Content-type: ".$type);
echo $row["basketbvarsched_pdf"];

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Are you wanting to cause the browser to download this file?  If so I can show you how I force a download.  But there may be an easier solution - just write the PDF to the file system and give the client the <a href=/path/to/pdf> link.  Then your clients can use whatever PDF reader program they choose and will not be restricted to using one plug-in or another.

HTH, ~Ray
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