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From Brian Behlendorf <>
Subject Re: WWW Form Bug Report: "Negociation doesn't handle ASIS content-type" on Solaris 2.x
Date Wed, 15 Nov 1995 17:01:11 GMT

On Wed, 15 Nov 1995, Louis Granboulan wrote:
> --- Beginning of session -- Accept: text/html -- no acceptable variant ---
> 1:zsh% telnet 8080
> Trying ...
> Connected to
> Escape character is '^]'.
> HEAD /home/granboul/mirror/Vampire.html HTTP/1.0
> Accept: text/html
> HTTP/1.0 404 Not found
> Date: Wed, 15 Nov 1995 13:35:30 GMT
> Server: Apache/0.8.14
> Content-type: text/html
> Connection closed by foreign host.
> --- End of session ---

Okay, this explains it very clearly.  You are correct, .asis files aren't 
being considered carefully enough in the negotiation mechanisms.  
Fortunately, this is not a problem now with most browsers, as they send 
"*/*" which means send me as a default anything you have.  Not only 
should Apache look at the headers of the .asis file while doing 
negotiation, it should also respond with "406 None Acceptible" if the 
.asis file has a different MIME type than what was available.

Is there a situation on your server where you would consider this a 
"showstopping" bug?  At this point it's a little academic, but should 
definitely get cleaned up soon after our 1.0 release.


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