Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   32 times

I am using this for sending file to user

header('Content-type:  application/zip');
header('Content-Length: ' . filesize($file));
header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=""');

I want to delete this file after user downloads it, how can i do this?

EDIT: My scenario is like that, when user hits download button, my script will create a temporary zip file and user download it then that temp zip file will be deleted.

EDIT2: OK best way seems running a cron job that will be cleaning temp files once an hour.

EDIT3: I tested my script with unlink, it works unless user cancel the download. If user cancel the download, zip file stays on the server. So that is enough for now. :)

EDIT4: WOW! connection_aborted() made the trick !

if (connection_aborted()) {

This one will delete the file even if user cancel the download.



This will delete the file.

It needs to be combined with ignore_user_abort()Docs so that the unlink is still executed even the user canceled the download.



Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

You should point to your vendor/autoload.php at Settings | PHP | PHPUnit when using PHPUnit via Composer.

This blog post has all the details (with pictures) to successfully configure IDE for such scenario:

Related usability ticket:

P.S. The WI-18388 ticket is already fixed in v8.0

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

On Mac OS X environment variables available in Terminal and for the normal applications can be different, check the related question for the solution how to make them similar.

Note that this solution will not work on Mountain Lion (10.8).

Saturday, May 29, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

1.) Check here. Basically do this:

Function FileExists(ByVal FileToTest As String) As Boolean
   FileExists = (Dir(FileToTest) <> "")
End Function

I'll leave it to you to figure out the various error handling needed but these are among the error handling things I'd be considering:

  • Check for an empty string being passed.
  • Check for a string containing characters illegal in a file name/path

2.) How To Delete a File. Look at this. Basically use the Kill command but you need to allow for the possibility of a file being read-only. Here's a function for you:

Sub DeleteFile(ByVal FileToDelete As String)
   If FileExists(FileToDelete) Then 'See above          
      ' First remove readonly attribute, if set
      SetAttr FileToDelete, vbNormal          
      ' Then delete the file
      Kill FileToDelete
   End If
End Sub

Again, I'll leave the error handling to you and again these are the things I'd consider:

  • Should this behave differently for a directory vs. a file? Should a user have to explicitly have to indicate they want to delete a directory?

  • Do you want the code to automatically reset the read-only attribute or should the user be given some sort of indication that the read-only attribute is set?

EDIT: Marking this answer as community wiki so anyone can modify it if need be.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

Well, you'll have to first create the zipfile, using the ZipArchive class.

Then, send :

  • The right headers, indicating to the browser it should download something as a zip -- see header() -- there is an example on that manual's page that should help
  • The content of the zip file, using readfile()

And, finally, delete the zip file from your server, using unlink().

Note : as a security precaution, it might be wise to have a PHP script running automatically (by crontab, typically), that would delete the old zip files in your temporary directory.

This just in case your normal PHP script is, sometimes, interrupted, and doesn't delete the temporary file.

Thursday, July 29, 2021
answered 3 Months ago
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