Deleting files after download

Michael Ross gmx at
Sat Nov 9 15:26:13 UTC 2013

On Sat, 09 Nov 2013 13:43:43 +0100, Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:

> On Sat, 09 Nov 2013 12:27:46 +0000, Frank Leonhardt wrote:
>> For what it's worth, in a similar situation I opted for an email
>> notification that said "This file will be available for 14 days". Apart
>> from being somewhat easier to implement, it had the advantage that the
>> file could be downloaded by the same person on two or more hosts, more
>> than one recipient to the original email, and it was possible to forward
>> the link to other people who might also want the file.
> That's a nice extension of the original idea: multiple recipients,
> more than one download, retention period.

I have really bad experiences with "delete after downloaded".

- Your logs showing the file to be sent is not the same as the file being  
correctly received.
- Users do things like download and save to the wrong place, so they  
delete and download again.

Go with Frank's advice, use a retention period.


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