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eCart & DFP downloads: db updated, but download not working

Thread began 12/22/2009 3:49 pm by thetypehouse | Last modified 12/23/2009 3:47 pm by Jason Byrnes | 3106 views | 8 replies |


eCart & DFP downloads: db updated, but download not working


Thanks for all the help so far.

Test site:
DW CS4 on WinXPSP3 / PHP / MySQL
WA products: eCart4.5.2, Cookies3.1.2, DFP2.0.2, DA2.0.6, SA1.1.8

  1. I've followed the 'How to set up a Download Centre' recipe, but the download buttons aren't doing anything.

  2. Data are being written to the user, order and orderdetails tables in the WA eCommerce database, and payment is taken by PayPal.

  3. The checkout_success.php page has a link to the Download Centre (for which I've followed the How To).

  4. The Download Centre was showing no records until I added the eCart server behaviour to that page, then a number of orders appeared, but with no functionality from the download buttons. Since then, the number of orders has remained the same (even though more orders are being written to the database). As there is a red exclamation marked next to the eCart server behaviour on the Download Centre page, perhaps it shouldn't be there.

  5. The ProductLocation for the download files is outside the webroot, so the path in DFP is '../../downloads'. I assume that there are other customers using WA products for this purpose with 1and1 (Linux) hosting.

To cut to the chase, I'm wondering if the problem is that the session or order isn't being carried through from the checkout_success page to the Download Centre. The Order History page isn't showing any records at all.

At one point I had wondered if the checkout_success page should double up as the Download Centre, but I guess that would require an if-else statement -- to avoid showing checkout info when the Download Centre is accessed at other times than after an order -- and perhaps is making the whole exercise more difficult than it need be!

I'd be grateful for some guidance to help me see where I'm going wrong.


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1&1 Linux hosting
The reason for the reference to 1&1 was that I am concerned that perhaps there is a problem with 1&1 allowing access to folders outside the web root.

However, my links to Connections and to WA scripts are to folders outside the web root (even though it seems as though links to images and CSS pages need to be inside the web root). So, since folders in the webroot are only one level deep, links to folders outside the webroot are as follows: '../../downloads', '../../Connections', '../../WA_eCart' etc.

As these folders seem to be accessed OK (e.g. data is being pulled successfully from the database), it looks as though there shouldn't be a problem with access to folders outside the web root with 1&1 hosting.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

To help trouble shoot, add the following code to the download center page after the <body> tag:

<pre><?php var_dump($_SESSION); ?></pre>

Then browswe to the download center and try again. if it still does not work, go to view -> Page Source. copy the entire page source into a new text document, send that text document and the download center PHP page so I can look at the code.

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Thanks, Jason

I added the <pre><?php var_dump($_SESSION); ?></pre> script to the page and processed another order, but to no avail.

Here are the view_source and download_centre.php files you asked for.

Thanks for your help!

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

It may be that the server does not recognize the Currant form submit trigger, try changing the trigger in the download behavior from Currant page submit to any form post.

also double check that the files to download exist in the loacation you are telling the download behavior to look in.

You have set the download location to:

I see in the source, the hiddenform field is correctly getting a file name:

<form id="form1_1" name="form1_1" method="post" action=""> 
<input type="hidden" name="hiddenField" id="hiddenField" value="1.pdf" />
<input type="button" id="download" name="download" value="Download" />

so it will be looking for the file at:

This is a path relative to the document,

So if the download center page is at:

it is looking for the downloads folder 2 directories down:

double check that the relationship is correct.

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Thanks, Kevin.

I've made the change to the DFP form trigger to "any form post", and submitted a new order, which has beens successfully processed by PayPal. The db as populated with the order details, but the list of orders in the Download Centre hasn't updated; neither do the Download buttons work.

The download files are in the folder downloads, which is a directory one level down from the webroot.

All the files are in my webspace with 1&1 (Linux Business hosting); the host directory is "romero".

  • So the Download Centre, one of the public files is at
  • Connections are at
  • Download files are at

/romero/ contains the following directories:
admin (unused)

The downloads directory has a number of files, including

  • 1.pdf
  • 2.pdf
  • 3.pdf
  • 4.pdf
  • 5.pdf
  • 6.pdf
  • 7.pdf

The webroot contains one directory for each public section of the site, each with index.php; shop contains the eCart files:

  • shopping_cart.php
  • checkout.php
  • confirm.php
  • confirm_success.php
  • confirm_failure.php
  • download_centre.php
  • customer_order_history.php
  • customer_order_details.php

Here's the latest view_source and download_centre.php files again for comparison with those sent yesterday.

I hope you can see what's going wrong from all this. I'm very grateful for your help.


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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

I think I see the problem:

The Download button in your form is just a standard button, it does not actually perform any action, the form is not being submited when the download button is clicked.

change the download button:

<input type="button" id="download" name="download" value="Download" />

to be a subit button:

<input type="submit" id="download" name="download" value="Download" />
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Download Centre now works, but Order History still showing no results.

Thanks, Jason.

1. The downloads now work. Hooray! (Although the results weren't updating for existing users, the updating does work for a couple of new users I've registered - so perhaps that's OK.)

2. Order History
Any idea why the order_history page is showing no records, though?

I've attached the view source (with session dump) and the original php file in the hope that this will help.

Many thanks again.
PS In case you don't get to see this until after the Christmas break, have a very merry and joyful Christmas!

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

In the session dump, the session that is created is UserID:
string(1) "4"

<!-- Dump session for trouble shooting purposes -->
<pre>array(8) {
string(1) "4"
string(242) "1|WAECART|Basic libretto/script |WAECART|Complete, unadorned version with full references to backing tracks and guide tracks (Word document)|WAECART|0|WAECART|1|WAECART|0.01|WAECART||WAECART|0|WAECART|0.01|WAECART|1 Basic libretto/script (1)"
string(20) "/resources/index.php"
string(0) ""
string(2) "GB"
string(0) ""
string(0) ""

In the WAOrdrs recordset, you are filtering on a session named OrderUserID instead of UserID

$WADAOrderUserID_WADAorders = "-1";
if (isset($_SESSION['OrderUserID'])) {
$WADAOrderUserID_WADAorders = (get_magic_quotes_gpc()) ? $_SESSION['OrderUserID'] : addslashes($_SESSION['OrderUserID']);

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