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#1 aeroboy

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 02:17 PM


I am in the process of creating a PHP/MySQL forum-based website. This is my first time working with PHP and MySQL; I have a few questions.

I want users to be able to upload .pdf files along with their posts. How is this done? How does the system handle such uploads? Is there a maximum allowable size for an attached file to be posted?

Any advice would be very much appreciated.


#2 fenway

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 03:01 PM

In principle, if it's your forum, there are no such limits; however, PHP usually has a maximum execution time for each script, which limits upload size from a practical sense. Also, MySQL has a maximum query size as well, meaning you can't upload a 10MB PDF file all at once. As far as the PHP side goes, you can change this maximum timeout; on the MySQL side, it's not so simple. IMHO, the best way to go is simply to store the file on the server OUTSIDE the DB, and simply have a DB table that stores the path, filename and filesize of each upload.
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