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Download only one file at a time

   
11:56 am on May 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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For some time now I've been trying to work why visitors can only download one file at a time from an Apache2 / Debian Squeeze based website of mine without having to wait for the file to complete before being able to continue browsing or download another file.

As far as I can tell there are no active limiting modules or iptables rules and MaxClients is set relatively high so I'm confused?!

Any thoughts?

Thanks

Hugh
12:32 pm on May 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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hugh,
This is a user and/or browser issue, NOT a server issue.

Either point your users to some download software or make FTP available.
10:39 am on May 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I'm using 3rd party download software for vBulletin. php is the most likely suspect...
3:50 pm on May 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Sheesh hugh!

Apache2, Debian, VBulletin, php, then here comes the user with different browsers and different OS, how on earth would you be able to pinpoint the cause?
11:34 pm on May 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I'm pretty confident it's not a browser problem. Other websites aren't a problem and both IE and FF are affected. So rule those out.
3:59 am on May 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I can download several files at once if I use direct links so I don't think apache or iptables are at fault.

[edited by: hugh at 4:02 am (utc) on May 14, 2012]

4:01 am on May 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

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And the application works properly for other sites which leaves PHP...
9:26 am on May 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I can download several files at once if I use direct links

So that points to the application. There might be a filter in place (eg: via a session) to limit the number of downloads.
10:19 am on May 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Again other users are claiming not to have this limitation...
11:46 am on May 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Other users of what? You said you can download concurrently multiple files using direct links so it's the application that limits it. Packages can be customized or configured so I would suggest to see if there are download options for the download module you use.
10:00 pm on May 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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other users


This should have read other application owners...