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From Dave Fisher <>
Subject Re: Extension downloading problem
Date Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:00:26 GMT

On Aug 24, 2012, at 7:48 AM, Keith N. McKenna wrote:

> Rory O'Farrell wrote:
>> On Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:17:57 +0100
>> Rory O'Farrell <> wrote:
>>> On Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:12:58 +0200
>>> Joost Andrae <> wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I just checked the Writer2Epub v1.1.7 extension on the extension site.
>>>> The extension downloads correctly with oxt file extension.
>>>> It is correct that from technical view an oxt file is a zip archive
>>>> containing all content needed to install as an extension into Apache
>>>> OpenOffice.
>>>> Am 24.08.2012 15:00, schrieb Rory O'Farrell:
>>>>> On the en-Forum I have seen a number of reports of downloading problems.
 Today there was this report
>>>>> " I tried to download and install the ePub 1.1.17 extension. A zip file
filled with various folders containing all kinds of files is downloaded. Nothing that looks
like an installer. How do I install this extension? When a program is offered to me in the
shape of a zip file full of different files, I never know what to do with it, to be honest."
>>>>> I suggested this might be a browser problem, as some browsers (definitely
IE in some versions, there may be others) rename the OpenOffice extensions silently to type
>>>>> The user renamed the .zip to .oxt and it installed correctly.  He then
send me the following additional comment
>>>>> "Thanks! I download the Dutch Spelling Checker and it also arrived in
the shape of a zip file. Now I've renamed them both and they both snapped into being .oxt
files. Perhaps this trick should be mentioned on the Extensions "Introductory Page"? It must
be a problem for many users."
>>>>> I have asked what browser he is using and will post that detail when
available.  But in the meantime I think his suggestion of a mention of this problem on the
Extensions page is valid and worthwhile.
>>>> Kind regards, Joost
>>> I am certain the download page is correct as to the extension.  The change to
zip seems to depend on the browser in use.  I know that some earlier version of IE did this,
without notification. When I get further information I'll post it to this thread.  Most of
the active members of this list will use a browser of choice rather than a default browser,
and will also update it, so won't be aware of this problem with some older browser.
>>> --
>>> Rory O'Farrell <>
>> I understand that this problem comes from IE8.
> I just tried using ie8 to download Writer2epub along with a random sample of other extensions.
I can confirm that it does indeed change the extension to zip. I second Rory's suggestion
that a notice be put on the page to that effect along with instructions to rename it to .oxt
after download.

Has anyone inspected the MIME Type returned? If it is not a proper one for OXT then it is
possible that IE8 is doing detection of the type.


> Regards
> Keith

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