Return the length of the output buffer
(PHP 4 >= 4.0.2, PHP 5)
Example 1688. A simple ob_get_length() example
Code Examples / Notes » ob_get_length
There is a work-around for the situation you need to get length of the gz-ed buffer.
... output the page content...
ob_end_flush(); // The ob_gzhandler one
ob_end_flush(); // The main one
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It's interesting how ob_start("ob_gzhandler"); or ob_gzhandler(); affect this function. The returned size is the buffer uncompressed size; therefore something like strlen(ob_get_contents()); just (hopefully) faster. However in order to obtain the compressed buffer size; there seem to be no function around.
If you don't buffer your output, it doesn't seem like it would be possible for a web server to output a Content-Length header. For static files it can check the filesize, but for dynamic files that send output a little by little there is no way to know how many bytes it is going to output. And the headers have to be sent before a single byte is output.
Also if you're wondering why the Content-Length is important, the browser doesn't close the connection as long as the script is running. So if you register time consuming shutdown functions, the browser will still 'spin' waiting for more content until they complete. (I'm not sure this happens under all conditions, but I am certain the sending the Content-Length always prevents this.)
You might take note that this manual page does not currently output any Content-Length header.
Alternatively using mb_strlen($output, 'latin1') seems to work to determine bytes in a string. strlen may or may not depending on if it has been set up as a multibyte or not.
Here is an easy way to get the header Content-Lenght.
Put HTML tags.
Dude, your web server will compute Content-length for you!
> Dude, your web server will compute Content-length for you!
I've noticed that Apache 1.3 doesn't do that.
However, if youâre running Apache 2.2 (and maybe 2.0, haven't experienced that yet) you don't need to worry about Content-Length.