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From Andrew Punch <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] How to inform apache that a particular text file needs to be downloaded instead of showing on browser itself
Date Thu, 27 Jan 2011 00:11:07 GMT

You can configure apache to send back a content-disposition header for
your file.

e.g. Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=fname.ext

Set an environment variable based on the filename (see SetEnvIf in the
mod_setenvif module) and send the above content-disposition header using
mod_headers if it matches the appropriate pattern.

I would have thought that viewVC would send back those headers itself -
apparently not.


On Wed, 2011-01-26 at 19:33 +0000, Rick Gates wrote:
> Hi all,
> This is my first post on this list.
> I am currently facing an issue with apache server on my linux box.
> I have configured apache along with ViewVC for browsing my CVS
> repository.
> Everything works fine except that , whenevr I click on the download
> button (in viewVC), instead of downloading, it displays the file on
> the browser.
> To simulate the issue in a simpler manner, I just added a link on my
> home page of the server which points to a text file.
> I want that whenever that link is clicked, the browser downloads the
> file instead of displaying it on the web browser.
> Can any one tell me how can this be achieved? does it require a
> reconfiguration of apache server.
> If yes, then what is the conf file parameter that needs to be
> modified?
> Thanks in advance!!
> Regards,
> Rick

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