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From Jason Keltz <>
Subject [users@httpd] strange behaviour of Readme postamble
Date Mon, 09 Apr 2007 15:41:47 GMT

I'm experiencing some strange behaviour with the Header/Readme 
pre/postamble directives on our Apache 2.2.X server.

One of our users was complaining that he had placed two totally text 
README files in two separate directories on our server.  When he visited 
the first directory in his web browser, he saw the directory contents 
followed by his "README" file.  However, when he visited the second 
directory, the contents of the README file was not displayed. 
File/directory permission was not an issue.  When I looked into the 
problem, I found that if a README (or HEADER) file contains html, it 
works great.  However, if the file is plain text and does not include 
the word "the" that the file would not be displayed.  For example, if I 
create a README file containing only the word "the", the file is 
displayed when I visit the directory.  However, if I remove any one 
letters from "the", the file is not displayed.  This seems really really 
weird, and I'm probably missing something very silly here.  It looks 
like this is handled by the "emit_tail" function which should display 
anything text/*.  The question is, how do I determine what the web 
server considers the content as?  Anyone have any experience with this 
weird behaviour?


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