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From Bo Berglund <>
Subject [users@httpd] How to configure Apache 2 to compress xml files on serving?
Date Fri, 13 Jun 2008 17:17:32 GMT
I need to set up a test environment where I am running Apache locally
with a number of xml data files as objects to serve.
I am doing this to simulate a live server tha I don't want to disturb
for my testing. The live server responds to requests for file URL:s
like: http://server/dir/file.xml.gz by sending a gzipped data stream
that FireFox discovers is compressed and expands it into the browse
window so that the file.xml contents is shown.

I am developing an application to retrieve the data from this site and
I am using Borland Delphi with the Indy components (TIdHTTP) and also
in this case the indy HTTP component sees that the file is compressed
and expands it into my program so I can handle the data itself.

I want to achieve the same thing with my test environment but it does
not work neither in FireFox nor in my application. Expansion does not
happen. My test files are a selection of the gz files I have
downloaded from the original site, so they are valid as far as I can

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.

So what is it one should configure to get it going?
Here is the config section for my test dir in the Apache conf file:

Alias /xmltv/ "C:/Engineering/Projects/XMLTV/Testsite/"

<Directory "C:/Engineering/Projects/XMLTV/Testsite">
    Options Indexes MultiViews Includes
    AllowOverride None
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all
    AddType text/html .shtml
    AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
    AddOutputFilter INCLUDES .shtml 

What should I do to make Apache tell browsers that the file it sends
is compressed?

Bo Berglund

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