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From "Joshua Slive" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] strange behaviour of Readme postamble
Date Mon, 09 Apr 2007 16:56:16 GMT
On 4/9/07, Jason Keltz <> wrote:
> Hi.
> 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?

Sounds like mod_mime_magic might be getting in the way.

To see what content-type apache is seeing, simply request the README
file directly (ie and examine
the Content-Type http response header.


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