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From Dragon <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] How to configure Apache 2 to compress xml files on serving?
Date Fri, 13 Jun 2008 17:45:04 GMT
André Warnier wrote:

>Bo Berglund wrote:
>>It seems like there is a setting in the Apache server to change so
>>that the server along with the actual file data also sends "something"
>>that triggers the expansion. What this could be I don't know, and
>>therefore I am asking here.
>If I understand correctly, the files are already 
>compressed on the original server (the file on 
>disk is abc.xml.gz, as opposed to abc.xml), right ?
>Then it probably has something to do with the 
>HTTP headers sent in the response.  Apache sends 
>the response to the browser, with a HTTP header like
>Content-type: application/gzip
>or something similar, so that the browser 
>believes that the .gz file is the original 
>content, and proposes to the user to download it as such and save it to disk.
>Instead, what you want is that the browser would 
>"believe" that the gzipped file is only a way to 
>transport the original content more efficiently, 
>and that the real content is the xml file, unzipped.
>So you want the response to be sent with HTTP headers like
>Content-type: text/xml
>Content-transport-encoding: gzipped
>so that the browser would unpack the zipped file and present the XML document.
>I am not quite sure of the exactness of the 
>header names or form above, but it's the 
>idea.  I am unfortunately also not quite sure 
>how to configure Apache to set the headers that 
>way.  It probably requires some module 
>in-between.  I'm sure a neat little mod_perl 
>module would do fine here, but that may not be 
>what you're looking for, and there might be a 
>simpler way using Apache directives only.
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Perhaps the AddEncoding directive would help? I 
don't really know as I have not tried it, but it is worth a try.

Combined with the AddType directive to tell the 
system that it is an xml file, it may well do what is needed.

So something like this (I think):

AddEncoding x-gzip .gz
AddType application/xml .xml.gz

Or maybe the type needs to be text/xml, both are 
valid MIME types for xml documents but I don't 
know which is appropriate to what circumstance.


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