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Old 03-24-2013, 01:56 PM   #1
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Downloaded .php files - can't convert?

I've downloaded a couple of books recently from the forum - the most recent one I tried was Hugh Walpole's "The Old Ladies" in - supposedly - epub format.

What I actually got was a .php file (called "attachment.php") and I had no idea what to do with it.

It doesn't seem Calibre will convert it to any readable format, and although Sigil seemed to open it, all that appeared was the title.

I must be doing something wrong, but I'd really appreciate an expert - or even another amateur - telling me what it is.

I did try googling .php files but what I found was a bit too technical.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:26 PM   #2
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A .php file is not an ebook. You will need to download the actual ebook file which will be in .epub or .mobi or .azw format.
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I've downloaded a couple of books recently from the forum - the most recent one I tried was Hugh Walpole's "The Old Ladies" in - supposedly - epub format.

What I actually got was a .php file (called "attachment.php") and I had no idea what to do with it.

It doesn't seem Calibre will convert it to any readable format, and although Sigil seemed to open it, all that appeared was the title.

I must be doing something wrong, but I'd really appreciate an expert - or even another amateur - telling me what it is.

I did try googling .php files but what I found was a bit too technical.
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If you are downloading using a 'download manager' you may get this. Try a download via your browsers right click menu - in Firefox & Chrome its "Save Link As", in IE its "Save Target As" and in the rest its something like that. Some sites don't like some (all ?) Download Managers such as JDownloader, Internet Downloader etc.

If you're not using a download manager then when you initiate the download try overriding the 'attachment.php' name with 'The Old Ladies.epub' etc, or rename it after the download. Chances are your getting the right data with a dodgy name. I don't know why it happens, only that it sometimes does.

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Old 03-25-2013, 08:13 AM   #4
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I don't know exactly what the problem was, but it seems to have been caused by a Firefox add-on, probably Hola. I've now disabled it, and the files all download properly as .epub ones, rather than being converted somewhere (here on my own computer?) into that confounded .php thing.

It was very annoying!
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I don't know exactly what the problem was, but it seems to have been caused by a Firefox add-on, probably Hola. I've now disabled it, and the files all download properly as .epub ones, rather than being converted somewhere (here on my own computer?) into that confounded .php thing.

It was very annoying!
Yep - looks like it was HOLA judging by the reviews at AMO - did you see this

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I have never used hola, but I installed the addon to check it out, and did not remove it. It sets up a proxy in the Preferences->advanced->network settings that does not get removed when you remove the plugin (this problem is mentioned in the hola faq).
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Funny... I have the Hola Unblocker extension in Chrome and don't seem to have any problems either with it enabled or disabled.
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Sometimes extensions can run interference on other extensions - e.g. I can't have both Tile Tabs and BBCodeXtra enabled. I haven't tried having both for a long time - so it may have been fixed. So it could be that something else is 'interfering' with Hola.

Or it could be a Gecko sensitivity that Webkit sidstepped
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