Ok I have been trying for hours and hours to stop my image upload script from uploading the same image whenever a user refreshes the page.

I have tried unlink, unset and redirecting the user and back. It still won't quit. I have literally unset every single input element in my script but the form still submits the previous image when the page is refreshed.

I was told to use unlink by someone but unlink just returns the following error:

Warning: unlink() [function.unlink]: No error in c:\program files\....

I even tried to attach a user submitted validation to the script by making them solve a simple addition question but even this didn't work because for some reason unset didn't stop the variables from being removed.

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Last Post by djjjozsi

after the user submitted the form, and the textfield and file upload field has filled, insert into the table, and use redirect:

header("Location: success.php");

another way, is to implement a refresh check used by the submit time.

add a hidden field into the form:

<input type="hidden" name="hiddentime" value="<?php echo time();?>">

if submit has pressed:


    if ( empty( $_POST["hiddentime"] ) ) {
        die( "timestamp is missing!" );
    } else {
        $hidd = $_POST["hiddentime"];
        if ( isset( $_SESSION["time_$hidd"] ) )
            die("Do not refresh the page!");
            $_SESSION["time_$hidd"] = 1;

//the rest of the code

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