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timmylogue
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So I have a flash gallery that uses .xml to pull in images.

Is it possible to still allow the .xml file to grab images but if someone would happen to go to a direct hit for example,
www.example.com/images/1.jpg
could I make it forbidden?

I didn’t know if there was some kinda .php script that would allow me to do this. I thought I would give it a shot and ask on here.

Thanks Everyone. Tim

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Lamovo
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PHP isn’t really the right tool to do this. What you need is some htaccess magic. http://altlab.com/htaccess_tutorial.html could help you out.

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dtbaker
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A bit tricky, not really possible with htaccess on it’s own.

One solution is to write a php script to allow one time links, eg:

www.example.com/image.php?hash=1kj135rl1k23j4

the 1kj135rl1k23j4 would only work once.

a million possible ways to do this, one way could be to generate your xml file with php, generate a unique hash for each image, store the hash > image relationship in a php session, then in image.php you lookup the hash and spit out the image, then remove the hash from the php session. visiting the url again wouldn’t work because the hash > image map doesn’t exist any more.

epic caching and other possible problems, but should be possible.

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