[Mongrel] X-Sendfile doesn't work

Bruno Celeste bruno.celeste at gmail.com
Thu Jan 25 12:53:38 EST 2007


Thank you Scott.

I'm accessing mongrel directly but I thought that mongrel can use
X-Sendfile without needing another webserver.

Parkplace (a camping app) uses X-Sendfile via mongrel, so I don't
understand. Is it possible to do the same thing with rails?


On 1/25/07, Scott Brooks <scott at hermitworksentertainment.com> wrote:
> On Thursday 25 January 2007 4:38 am, Bruno Celeste wrote:
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> >
> > I try to use the "X-Sendfile" header, but it doesn't work as expected.
> >
> > In my controller:
> >
> > path = "/home/bruno/file.tar.gz"
> > headers['X-Sendfile'] = path
> > headers['Content-Type'] = "application/octet-stream"
> > headers['Content-Length'] = File.size(path)
> > render :nothing => true
> >
> > When I request the file, nothing is shown, just a white page. If I do
> > a HEAD request:
> >
> > HTTP/1.1 200 OK
> > Connection: close
> > Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 11:22:19 GMT
> > Status: 200 OK
> > X-Sendfile: /home/bruno/file.tar.gz
> > Cache-Control: no-cache
> > Server: Mongrel 1.0.1
> > Content-Type: application/force-download; charset=utf-8
> > Content-Length: 1
> >
> > The weird thing is the content-length is bad and I think mongrel
> > should not show the X-Sendfile header. I also tried to add the
> > content-disposition header but didn't resolve the problem.
> >
> > I'm using edge rails and the latest mongrel (I deleted older mongrels)
> >
> >
> > Thank you.
>
> X-Sendfile is handled by Apache, or Lighty, etc.  If you are just accessing
> mongrel directly, then what you are seeing is correct.  If you are accessing
> mongrel via apache, or some other webserver, then it's handling of X-Sendfile
> is not setup properly.
>
> Scott Brooks
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