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Private files in Drupal 7

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    In this chapter we are going to discuss the private file system.
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    Normally when you upload files via a field in your content type,
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    they are publicly available to anyone who knows the URL.
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    But there are certain instances where you don't want a certain kind of file
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    to be accessible unless the person has permission to view the node itself.
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    We're going to take a look at the file system in Drupal.
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    Click on Configuration, and you scroll down to the Media section
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    and click on File system.
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    Normally, your public files will live in sites' default files.
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    You also can specify a private file system path.

Private Files in Drupal 7


In this chapter, we look at the Drupal file system configuration, and we set up our site to give us private file storage. We'll talk about what that means, and the benefits and drawbacks to Drupal's private files.

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