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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 14095] - Change default Content-Type (DefaultType) in default config
Date Tue, 06 Jan 2004 19:21:03 GMT
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Change default Content-Type (DefaultType) in default config





------- Additional Comments From dark1@myrealbox.com  2004-01-06 19:21 -------
I would like to point out that this bug (xor bug 13986 -- whichever way you look
at it) causes the binary executables of the Apache HTTP Server for Microsoft
Windows (on the http://apache.org download page) to be sent as plain/text (so
they display within the browser window), where the mantainers of the mirrors of
the Apache.org server have made the (incorrect) assumption that Apache works
correctly (i.e.: sends correct Internet content-types) by default (whereas, in
actual fact, it sends incorrect and particularly specific* ones by default when
it has absolutely no idea of the actual content-type of the data).  I filed this
problem as bug 25650 a while back.

I would also like to second the penultimate and the triultimate post which
explain why it *is* _preferable_ to sometimes send application/octet-stream as
the content type when it should be text/plain, as opposed to sometimes sending
text/plain as the content type when it should be application/octet-stream . 
Obviously it is vastly preferable to either method to send nothing when unsure
(i.e.:to fix bug 13986) but in the mean time...

*that is, application/octet-stream is IMO less specific than text/plain .

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