I have a file field with the following allowed file extensions: txt, pdf, doc, docx, zip

The Maximum upload size is set via my php.ini and it is upload_max_filesize = 2M

1. While I'm trying to upload a file that exceeds the maximum file size I get the following error as expected:

enter image description here Any other file (with file_size < 2MB) uploaded from before (form submit) remains as is and I have the ability to re-upload a new file.

I observed that this is working good with all types of files except one, the .pdf type.

2. When I upload a file.pdf with file_size > 2MB I get this error:

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All previous uploaded files (if any - with file_size < 2MB) are disappearing (*) and I don't have the ability to re-upload a new file except if I refresh the page anew.

The expected behavior would was this (1.) :a warning message telling me about the size of the file and an option to re-upload a file without having to refresh the page anew. Instead I get (2.) an error message and no possibility to re-upload any files without refreshing the page.

Note that this is the case only for .pdf files!

Debugging info:

(*) I found that the responsible function for this behavior is this: file_ajax_upload

Its if() statement evaluates to true

if (empty($_POST['form_build_id']) || $form_build_id != $_POST['form_build_id']) {
    // Invalid request.
    drupal_set_message(t('An unrecoverable error occurred. The uploaded file likely exceeded the maximum file size (@size) that this server supports.', array('@size' => format_size(file_upload_max_size()))), 'error');
    $commands = array();
    $commands[] = ajax_command_replace(NULL, theme('status_messages'));
    return array('#type' => 'ajax', '#commands' => $commands);

and the the form's markup is being replaced nicely!

Another more interesting thing that I found through the chrome's console, and I believe that it points to the correct direction, is this:

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I tried the following code but it didn't work:

$form['field_name']['#attached'] = array(
  'drupal_add_http_header' => array(
  array('Content-Type', 'text/html; charset=utf-8')

Do you think that this is related to a configuration related to my environment or a bug ? How can I solve this issue ? Should I go after the MIME type somehow ?

  • You might want to try setting your max in .htaccess like in this post Jul 6, 2016 at 17:07
  • Perhaps you mean the php.ini file, but the upload_max_filesize is not my issue, my issue is the different error handling of the .pdf files against all other file types.
    – mchar
    Jul 7, 2016 at 8:53
  • For those who are interested see the related issue on DO
    – mchar
    Jul 8, 2016 at 8:42


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