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Make the download of large files with PHP (and lighty) very easy
August 24, 2006 @ 07:45:43

In this new post on the ThinkPHP blog today, there's a look at combining the power of PHP with a feature of the lightthpd web server to make downloading large files a simple task.

Some days ago I stumbled upon an old entry of Jan in lighty's life, called "X-Sendfile". There he explains how to speed up the delivery of (large) files with lighttpd instead of PHP (YES, lighttpd is very fast - for one customer we created an ImageServer with pure lighty that replaced a 4-server-cluster with Apache and now has 1 server with lighttpd (which is boring around at low load). The box makes 180 Mio. requests per month).

He even gives an example of the functionality, showing how a combination of an entry in the web server's config coupled with a simple PHP script can easily send out a large file to anyone nice and zippy.

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