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Bug reports / custom content-disposition
« on: December 22, 2011, 10:41:57 AM »
Found a bit of a recent show-stopper bug in HFS (in my setup)...

I'd been running HFS with an "" script as follows:
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{.add header|Content-Disposition: {.^disposition.}; filename="{.urlvar|fullname.}";.}

The preprocessing script (on my Apache/PHP front-end) attaches a query variable "fullname" that contains the original name of the file (that couldn't otherwise be part of the usual URL) - it does that via a database lookup as it updates the hit counter. So when you click "download" which has "?attach=1", the script may provide the following header:

Content-disposition: attachment; filename="My Long Filename.docx";

Unfortunately, HFS adds its own Content-disposition header with the existing filename. It's worked fine to allow both headers to just co-exist peacefully, but recently Firefox started "full-stop" blocking downloads/use of files that return two Content-disposition headers. Then, instead of changing their silly behavior, Chrome actually picked up the SAME "blocking" behavior as well!

Now both Firefox and Chrome are broken on my site (thanks, guize). :/

I found the option "No content-disposition" under the Debug menu, and that worked for a while. But for no explainable reason, it kept switching itself back off. Now, no matter what I do, it's a "broken switch"... I can flip it however I like, but it just ignores me and sends duplicate headers...

This is with the checkbox ticked:
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Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Falcon>cd Documents\tools

C:\Users\Falcon\Documents\tools>tinyget -srv:"" -port:13370 -uri:"/not_occupying_not_living/1366_F-16FightingFalconvol4.jpg?fullname=1366_F-16+Fighting+Falcon+vol4.jpg&attach=1" -h
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: image/jpeg
Content-Length: 210897
Accept-Ranges: bytes
Server: HFS 2.3 beta
Set-Cookie: HFS_SID=0.316301819169894; path=/
Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="1366_F-16 Fighting Falcon vol4.jpg";
Last-Modified: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:05:43 GMT
Content-Disposition: filename="1366_F-16FightingFalconvol4.jpg";

The one HFS sends is at the bottom.

I guess this should be a relatively easy bug to fix - it's just not "sticking". If that can be fixed, HFS will still work great :D

Sooo... I've been using HFS for some years now... and I still haven't really dug into how to work with scripting.

I have a simple function in mind that I would love HFS to take care of: providing an alternative return ("save as", or "content-disposition") file name, different from the URL filename.

HFS has been providing the "engine" behind my hosting site, and it does the job pretty well. I love that I can monitor the current requests and transfers with infinitely more granularity and control than the Apache+PHP+MySQL backend that the site runs on. It actually inspired me to bring the site back online for new registrations and uploads again. Cool.

But the site is now missing one function that was provided by its old (and very buggy) PHP-based file-server. That old system would chunk out the file's data inside the PHP script, generating and sending all the file-related headers (MIME, content-length, content-range I/O, modified, etc... I had to generate it all in the script). But it did one thing right: gave me control over choosing if the browser will save (content-disposition: attachment) or open (content-disposition: inline) the file... and what the "Save As" filename was (content-disposition: That way I can actually serve the original filename back to requesting clients... for example, someone uploads "My Great Video (2-11-2011).mkv", the script strips and stores the filename as "mygreatvideo2112011.mkv" and provides that as the file URL, but when someone goes to download the file, it'll be downloaded as the original filename once again.

So what I wanted to do was pretty simple: pass the "original filename" and attach/inline mode into HFS using a query string, and HFS will serve the file accordingly.

Since I could find absolutely zero information whatsoever online (probably thanks to Google's search relevance meltdown), I have all the commands I need, but that page doesn't even touch on where to actually utilize any of those commands. HFS just serves files, so how do I create an "interpreted script" file? Heck, for the security of my site, I'm a little concerned that would even be possible... so how on earth do I even use those script commands? I don't have to write my own template, do I? :/

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