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Subject Re: [users@httpd] default mime.types does not contain "gz" - any reason why not?
Date Fri, 10 Feb 2006 12:31:54 GMT

Users are not really supposed to edit the mime.types file 
directly. I think this is what the AddType directive is for.

The Apache webmaster may have edited the mime.types file.
Most likely, he/she has just added the following directive 
to httpd.conf.

# AddType allows you to add to or override the MIME configuration
# file mime.types for specific file types.
AddType application/x-compress .Z
AddType application/x-gzip .gz .tgz
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
AddType application/x-httpd-php .hml
AddType application/x-httpd-php .htm
AddType application/x-httpd-php .html
AddType application/x-httpd-php .js


In theory, theory and practice are the same;
In practice they are not. 

On Fri, 10 Feb 2006, Boyle Owen wrote:

> To: Apache list <> From: Boyle Owen 
> <> Subject: [users@httpd] default 
> mime.types does not contain "gz" - any reason
>     why not?
> Greetings,
> I have just realised that the default version of 
> mime.types which comes with apache distros 1.3 & 2.0 does 
> not contain an extension for the type 
> "application/x-gzip". This means that if you have a file 
> on your site like download.tar.gz, it will be served with 
> "Content-type: application/x-tar" (I guess apache falls 
> back to the .tar when it can't find anything for .gz).
> This is not a problem for a unix machine, it just saves the file as download.tar.gz and
then you can gunzip it as normal. However, on a Windows platform, the combination of the two
dots in the filename and the misleading mime-type causes the OS to save the file as "download.tar.tar".
Thus it can't be recognised by WinZip et al.
> [Let's leave aside, for the moment, the issue of why would 
> want to download a tar.gz on a Windows machine :-]
> The simple fix is to assign "application/x-gzip" the 
> extension "gz" in mime.types. Then the file is served with 
> "Content-type: application/x-gzip", windows can save the 
> file without munging the name and WinZip is happy.
> Is this simply an omission or is anyone aware of any 
> reason why application/x-gzip should not be assigned an 
> extension?
> Rgds,
> Owen Boyle
> Disclaimer: Any disclaimer attached to this message may be ignored. 
> PS - I checked the apache download sites and they send the 
> correct mime-type for httpd-2.2.0.tar.gz, for example. 
> Does this mean that the apache site webmaster must have 
> had to edit his own mime.types? If so, he might've 
> committed the change to the distro too.... :-)

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