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From David Hoover <hoover.da...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Newbie question about text line endings w/Linux server and Windows Explorer client
Date Fri, 21 Nov 2008 19:15:36 GMT
I checked out the headers, and then changed the server configuration so
that everything that needs correct screen formatting gets sent as
'plain/text' (instead of 'plain/x-c', for example, and it works.  Seems
like a hack, but it is sufficient for what I need to do.

Thanks,

DH.


On Wed, 2008-11-19 at 17:29 +0100, André Warnier wrote:
> Hi.
> 
> 1) recommended : install Firefox, and the LiveHttpHeaders plugin for 
> Firefox.  This allows you to see excactly which HTTP headers the server 
> is sending to the browser along with your file.
> This will tell you what the browser *should* do to display the file.
> (Well, not immediately and not as simply, but at least it will help).
> 
> 2) You are probably being hit by the usual IE symptom of "trying to be 
> smarter than you and than the HTTP standard".
> Normally, a browser is supposed to "believe" what the HTTP server tells 
> it, regarding the type of the document returned by the server.
> In particular, if the server says that this is a "text/plain" type of 
> document, then the browser should believe this and display it as "plain 
> text".
> However, in their infinite wisdom, MS decided that they could not really 
> trust these web servers, and MS IE makes its own personal evaluation of 
> what this document could possibly be.  If it then decides that this is 
> not a "text/plain" but something else, it will try to display it as that 
> something else.
> One of the criteria IE uses to determine "what this file could really 
> be, despite what the server tells me it is", is the file extension.
> To make it even more fun, it is not even totally consistent between IE 
> versions.
> 
> That's probably the cause of the differences you observe.
> Complain to MS, they must be used to it by now.
> There are a multitude of articles on the web, and even in the MS 
> Knowledge Base, which deal with this issue.
> Searching Google for "IE +mime +type" will give you a good overview.
> Enjoy.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Hoover, David wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I have some files stored in a 'downloads' area of an Apache 2.2.10
> > server running on Linux Fedora Core 9.  I access the files via Windows
> > Explorer 6.
> > 
> > If I view (click on Explorer link) a file named 'file.c' with the UNIX
> > linefeed convention, all of the text appears on a single line in my
> > Explorer window.
> > 
> > If I view the same file, but this time named 'file', with no
> > extension, the text appears correct in the window.
> > 
> > If I do a 'save as...' operation, both files are saved the same.
> > 
> > On some internet web servers, this problem doesn't occur with my browser.
> > 
> > Why is the text shown on one line?  What do I need to configure differently?
> > 
> > Sorry this must be a dumb question...but I haven't been able to find
> > an answer in the mailing list or on the net.
> > 
> > Thanks for the help,
> > 
> > DH.
> > 
> > ---------------------------------
> > The config file is standard, with the following modification:
> > 
> > <Directory "/downloads">
> >     Options Indexes
> >     AllowOverride None
> >     Order allow,deny
> >     Allow from all
> > </Directory>
> > 
> > Apache was compiled with the following options:
> > ./configure --enable-dav --enable-ssl --enable-dumpio
> > 
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