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From "Jason A. Dour" <>
Subject File-serving weirdness...
Date Tue, 06 Aug 1996 15:00:51 GMT

Our site is experiencing some file-server weirdness.  I am unable to tell
if it is server weirdness, misconfiguration on our part, or browser
weirdness.  Any help you folk can provide would be greatly appreciated.

For security reasons, an anonymous FTP server does not run on our main WWW
server.  Therefore, if people want to distribute files, they need to make
them accessible via http.

Recently, someone was trying to serve WordPerfect documents via URL:

Since the extension was not a recognized MIME type, Apache served it with
the "text/plain" that is our DefaultType.  So to download it, we
shift-clicked on the link, telling Netscape 2.02 to save it to a file.  It
then took the data and saved it.  However, it was mangled beyond
recognition...and WordPerfect could not use it.

It seems that even though it is being saved direct-to-disk, Netscape (as
well as Lynx) are seeing the Content-Type: header and interpreting the
data as such before saving it...therefore screwing up binary data.

Can anyone tell me what is wrong here?  Is this merely misconfiguration on
our end?  Is this browser madness?  Is this server madness?  Our people
are really confused, and I don't have the time to futz around with this.

If it is server madness, I figured you all should know...otherwise, sorry
to have bothered.

+ Jason A. Dour                            +
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