It sounds like you want a URL that serves the file, like http://example.com/file/download/1234/?auth_token=... but of course this doesn't currently work.
I think you'd have to take the code from this view, put it in a function and... view reply
If the access_id is an access collection, use get_members_of_access_collection.
If it's ACCESS_FRIENDS, use elgg_get_entities_from_relationship to get the friends.
Also note admins can see everything. view reply
If you run an Elgg where the "Lost password" feature fails (e.g. localhost with no mail-sending abililty, or you lost access to the e-mail account), you may need to change your password to get back in.
Here's a script to do that.
First you'll need...
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Type hints are like laws set by PHP functions to demand what type of arguments must be passed in. Before Elgg 1.8.6, violations of these laws went completely undetected, so even careful plugin authors missed them and left incorrect...