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From Ben Laurie <...@algroup.co.uk>
Subject Re: cvs commit: httpd-2.0/docs STATUS
Date Thu, 10 Apr 2003 11:04:57 GMT
wrowe@apache.org wrote:
> wrowe       2003/04/09 13:15:02
> 
>   Modified:    docs     STATUS
>   Log:
>     Please consider and vote - see what this choice has done to us
>     r.e. .tar.gz.md5 files and so forth.

This seems totally wrong-headed to me. The problem is that we are making 
the assumption that file extensions indicate cascaded _reversible_ 
processes that have been applied to the file. However, that is not 
always the case. It seems quite straightforward, in English at least, to 
understand that:

x.tar.gz

means we tarred some stuff then gzipped it, so to get the original stuff 
back we should unzip then untar. Likewise:

x.gz.tar

would mean to me we gzipped and then tarred something. However:

x.tar.gz.md5

clearly is a non-reversible transformation, so the only interesting 
thing about it is the fact that its an MD5.

x.tar.md5.gz

or even:

x.tar.gz.md5.gz

make sense to me - a gzipped MD5. It seems to me we need to improve our 
understanding of file extensions, not kludge our way around them.

Cheers,

Ben.

>   
>   Revision  Changes    Path
>   1.70      +11 -1     httpd-2.0/docs/STATUS
>   
>   Index: STATUS
>   ===================================================================
>   RCS file: /home/cvs/httpd-2.0/docs/STATUS,v
>   retrieving revision 1.69
>   retrieving revision 1.70
>   diff -u -r1.69 -r1.70
>   --- STATUS	7 Apr 2003 16:47:57 -0000	1.69
>   +++ STATUS	9 Apr 2003 20:15:02 -0000	1.70
>   @@ -9,6 +9,16 @@
>    Decisions pending
>    =================
>    
>   +  -Comment out .gz etc. AddEncoding lines in our default configuration.
>   +    docs/conf/httpd-std.conf.in rev 1.32
>   +    jerenkranz: Current browsers have a tendency to decompress the data 
>   +                when no one really wants it to do that.  If you want the 
>   +                2.0 behavior that leads to transparent decompression 
>   +                by modern browsers, uncomment these lines.  But, this
>   +                shouldn't be our default, and certainly wasn't in 1.3.
>   +     - Backport to 2.0
>   +       +1: wrowe
>   +
>    - Where to put docs checkout on website
>         - Leave it at /docs-x.y/
>           +1: Joshua, Erik, Kess, Mads
>   
>   
>   
> 


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