httpd-dev mailing list archives

Site index · List index
Message view « Date » · « Thread »
Top « Date » · « Thread »
From Jim Jagielski <>
Subject Re: mod_mime_magic, gzipped tarballs and Docker
Date Fri, 08 Jan 2016 16:31:41 GMT
It just seems like feature-creep and YetAnotherDirective for
something that is better handled some other way. As OtherBill
notes, a small edit to the magic file "fixes" this.

> On Jan 8, 2016, at 11:16 AM, Yann Ylavic <> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 1:43 PM, Jim Jagielski <> wrote:
>> -0.9...
>> This seems a very heavy solution to a specific one-off problem.
> Not sure this is the patch which is heavy here...
> Anytime mod_mime_magic recognizes the type of a gzip file (by the
> magic bytes), it unconditionally starts a new piped-process to
> uncompress the file so to determine the type of the gzipped content.
> Then, it forces "Content-Encoding: x-gzip" and (eg.) "Content-Type:
> x-tar", which causes the browser to think this was an original tarball
> compressed by the protocol, and then uncompress it for the user to get
> the (supposedly) original file.
> (Btw the "Content-Encoding" encoding is set whether or not the
> underlying type has been determined successfully, that looks buggy to
> me since the browser could get a C-E w/o C-T, so I fixed it in the
> proposed patch too).
> My patch simply disables this by default (and provides an opt-out to
> restore legacy behaviour, but it could easily take the other way too
> to preserve existing), such that now mod_mime_magic can also set only
> "Content-Type: x-gzip" and let (real) original go out with no special
> treatment.
> The patch is actually quite small to handle this IMHO...

View raw message