[EP-tech] Re: Request a copy for large documents

Mark Gregson mark.gregson at qut.edu.au
Mon Jun 4 01:05:07 BST 2012

Thanks Tim!

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From: eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk [mailto:eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Tim Brody
Sent: Thursday, 31 May 2012 10:59 PM
To: eprints-tech at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Subject: [EP-tech] Re: Request a copy for large documents

On Thu, 2012-05-31 at 13:01 +1000, Mark Gregson wrote:
> Hi all
> We recently found that the request a copy feature is being used to 
> request documents which are large than the limit that has been set on 
> our mail server.  The result is an error returned to the repository’s 
> admin email address.  We can’t get the limit raised/removed so we need 
> to look for an alternate solution.
> I can see a few solutions:
> 1.       Prevent ‘Request a copy’ showing for larger documents.
> 2.       Send an email to the requesting user with a link to a secret
> URL to provide time-limited access to the resource. 
> 3.       Use an alternate mail server (not feasible).
> Someone has thought about option 2 because I found this wiki page, 
> http://wiki.eprints.org/w/OneShareWishList.  I gather this is related 
> to Edshare but I’m not sure if anything has been implemented or if it 
> will be applicable as we don’t use Edshare.

The UI for this shouldn't be too difficult - you will need to subclass Request::Respond, so that instead of sending the document it sends a link with a secret.

To work with HTML documents you will need to set a cookie (via a redirecting CGI script) and use that cookie to grant access in "can_user_view_document"/"can_request_view_document".

All the best,

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