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From Brian Behlendorf <>
Subject Re: WWW Form Bug Report: "Usr of ".map." in file name causes problems" on HPUX (fwd)
Date Fri, 28 Jun 1996 22:38:23 GMT
On Fri, 28 Jun 1996, Alexei Kosut wrote:
> On Fri, 28 Jun 1996, Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> > While I think in this situation it might be better to make sure that the
> > included file can actually be included (i.e., text/*,
> > application/x-httpd-cgi or whatever) I think a fix like the below would be
> How would you tell? Unix (well, most of 'em) doesn't
> carry metainformation on a file's data type other than what can be gleamed
> by its filename. If you have a file called "" (ignore this guy's
> mail for a minute"), there's no way to tell that it actually has a GIF
> image stored inside, other than looking at the file.

The metainformation comes from the server configs, after all, that's
what's telling the server to process it as a map and not just a straight
text file.  

I won't get into "magic numbers". 



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