[mod_python] binary file, part II: name of file?

Jim Gallacher jpg at jgassociates.ca
Tue Jun 6 08:38:39 EDT 2006

Deron Meranda wrote:
> On 6/5/06, Webb Sprague <webb.sprague at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Is there anyway to specify programmatically a good default name for a
>> binary file?  My URL is /blah/objectDump?id=5, and the default
>> filename Windows gives for saving it is "objectDump"--I would like to
>> generate the filename and have it be something like
>> "forecast-object-5.txt'
> Perhaps the best way is to send a Content-Disposition header
> (in addition to your Content-Type header).  You'll usually send
> one of these two variants:
>  Content-Disposition: inline; filename=forecast-object-5.txt
>  Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=forcast-object-5.txt
> If the filename contains any HTTP special characters (called
> "separators") then you'll need to quote the filename using
> the HTTP quoted-string syntax.
> The "inline" form will cause the browser to try to display the
> file inline, if possible (e.g., displayed in the browser window).
> The "attachment" form will cause the browser to open a
> "save as" dialog, using the filename parameter as the
> suggested filename.
> The other (less desirable) way is to construct your URL
> with extra unused path components at the end, such that
> the last one is the filename.
> You can also use some of the maps and functions in the
> standard Python module "mimetypes" to help you construct
> a proper filename (such as picking an extension given
> a content-type).

And once you know the name of the header you are looking for, the RFCs 
become your friends.



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