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A project I'm working on will require links to files people upload. The direct way to do this is to take those uploads, put them in a directory, then give that link to those who need it like: http://blergh.net/files/what.jpg But I know I could receive those files, store some unique identifier, then give a link containing that identifier and build a PHP page to feed the file with the given identifier: http://blergh.net/downloads/zswe464 (which gives what.jpg when loaded) My question is what are the reasons to do this? I'd like to be sure this is worth doing before actually putting in the effort. Thanks!

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