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Old 11-29-2007
File transfer using HTTP

I have Apache running on a Solaris server. Does anyone know how I go about using HTTP for a file transfer ( or I guess more properly termed in HTTP as a document transfer ) ? I have a requirement that restricts my file transfer options to HTTP only !

Is there any changes I need to make to the Apache Config ?

What do I add to a URL to do a file transfer ?

Can I get the tranfer to acknowlege success / failure ?
# 2  
Old 11-29-2007
Are you talking about from the client or server side?

From the client side you could use "curl" or "wget".

From the server side, as long as you can view files, you can download them, as that is what a client has to do inorder to view them.
# 3  
Old 11-29-2007
Thanks, I am talking transfers from the client side.

Is there anywhere I can get more infor on 'curl' and 'wget' and their syntax - I am a newbie when it comes to HTTP !

thanks
# 4  
Old 11-29-2007
The traditional approach is
Code:
man curl

or
Code:
man wget

if that fails then
Code:
google curl

or
Code:
google wget

.
# 5  
Old 11-29-2007
Thanks.

Apart from the freeware client tools you have highlighted, does HTTP have any native transfer capability that you can simply specify via the URL in a Web Browser ?
# 6  
Old 11-29-2007
There are content type flags you can set that cause browsers to download a file rather than display content, eg browses generally download .tar, .tgz, .exe, etc but display htm, html.

Do you want this to be something somebody has to run a browser to do or something they run a script to achieve?
# 7  
Old 11-30-2007
Basically I want a user to be able to transfer a file to my server from their Web Browser

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