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From "David A. Cobb" <>
Subject [users@httpd] Handling MS "Internet Shortcuts" and "Links"
Date Fri, 01 May 2015 14:00:42 GMT
Using Apache 2.4, serving selected documents at "localhost".
Browser is Firefox (40).

If I "Save a Link as a File" using a FF extension, or bookmark a link in 
IE, I get a file "xxxx.url" which is a plain text file with lines such as

If I click such a file in the Windows File Explorer, it does what it 
should and launches FF.  The extension follows the link and I can read 
the target.  However, if I click the URL file in a "Directory List" 
served from Apache, I get the plain text file displayed.  I can go to 
the target with one or two extra steps, but it's a PITA.

It seems what I should do is to parse the file in the server and send a 
"Permanently Moved To" redirection to the browser.  Or, I suppose, I 
could simply do the redirection; but somehow that feels less safe.

Now, if I can be allowed a second question in the same post, can I do 
the same thing with Microsoft ".lnk" shortcuts?  It would be a simple 
script operation to transform the local FileSystem path to a 
"localhost:8080/" path.


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