Re: Curious ftp problem with squid 1.1.3

From: Duane Wessels <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 97 09:25:02 -0800 writes:

>Scenario: Client is Windows 3.1 Internet Explorer 3.0 (version 3.0.1152)
>Client clicks on a link in a Web page to
>Internet Explorer reports "The attempt to load 'ftp://.../foobar.gqa failed"
>The problem can be fixed by:
>* turning off proxy access (hence squid is implicated)
>* renaming the file to foobar.bin

Interesting. Leads to the conclusion that this is caused by ftpget's
choice of Content-Type.

When ftpget encounters an extension it does not know about ('gqa'),
then it must use some kind of default Content-Type. Over the course of
the software we have switched back and forth between two:


When we default to 'text' the file is displayed in the browser. When
we default to 'octet-stream' the browser usually opens up a save-file
dialog box.

So it would be interesting to try changing DEFAULT_MIME_TYPE in
ftpget.c and see if that fixes this problem. Meanwhile, everyone can
argue about which content type should be the default.

Duane W.
Received on Tue Jan 14 1997 - 09:39:10 MST

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