[thelist] downloadable files

Peter Brunone (EasyListBox.com) peter at easylistbox.com
Tue Aug 17 16:06:10 CDT 2004

Hi Mike,

   You said "I received an error", but that doesn't tell us much :)  What was the error?  Where was it displayed?  In the browser, in a dialog box above the browser, etc.?  How are you providing this file?  Is this a clickable link, or do you have a more sophisticated streaming method in place?

   Zipfiles are usually a very adequate way of providing downloads; there may be something you can adjust to get this working.  How big is the zipfile/stuffit archive?


Peter Brunone

Original Message:
>From: Mike <designbase10 at shaw.ca>

>I would like to offer some files on my website available for users to 
>download. The files are in the EPS format (encapsulated postscript). I 
>had a large EPS file and then zipped it and uploaded it onto the website 
>with a link to the file. But when I tried to download it as a test (I 
>was using IE5mac), I received an error.
>What is the best procedure to use to offer large ZIP downloads for users?
>I own Stuffit Deluxe on my mac and I tried encoding the ZIP file into 
>binhex and then I uploaded the binhex file (filename.hqx). This worked 
>very well but the filesize was very large and I am not sure if users 
>would likely be able to open it. Can most users open a binhex file? If 
>so, then great - that will be my solution. But I am not sure how many 
>people can open binhex (.hqx). Is binhex very standard?
>Other encoding options I could have used were:
>I am not sure what is the best way to go about this.
>Thanks for any advice.

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