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Using Filesize in PHP does not match Content-Length.  Due to 64-bit OS?

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I encountered a curious problem.  If I create a file that contains "abc", calling filesize( $file ) returns 3.  But, if I set

header("Content-Length: ". filesize( $file ) );

My content gets cut off on the client.  If I don't set content-length explicitly, I noticed that received content-length on the client side is twice the size of the value returned by filesize.  Is this because PHP filesize is running as a 32-bit application, but the response is sent by a server as a 64-bit application resulting in each character taking up 8 bytes instead of 4?  What is the correct way to set up PHP on IIS in a 64-bit environment so that filesize returns the correct value?

Thanks.
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The number of bits of the processor doesn't matters here. I suppose is a character-set issue. If you use an ASCII character set (such as ISO-8859-1) every character will fit on a byte. But if you use Unicode encoded in UTF-16, every character will need 2 bytes.

Please review the header on your HTML page, and let me know if I am right.

Hope it helps.
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It looks like the file stores information not as UTF-16, but delivery is in UTF-16.  How do I set output character-set?  Also, the reason I started working on this is because we would observe the same behavior when serving binary files.  That is content-length that was served using filesize() did not match the content-length of the file that was actually served.  Is there a solution for how to deal with that situation?
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You can add another http header: content-type="text/html; charset=utf-8"
If you want to send binary data, use content-type="application/octet-stream"

Hope it helps.
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We are using MOV, so Content-type: video/quicktime should work, correct?
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Yes, that's correct
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Sorry, but I think comments #35038822, #35039339 and #35039622 helped to solve this question. I wonder if some points could be assigned to these comments.

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