Re: Curious ftp problem with squid 1.1.3

From: Bill Royds <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 97 16:54:55 EST

     The problem with text/plain as a mime type is that sometimes means only 7
     bit code so obit octets can cause real problems. THis may be what is
     happening here where something like control-Z (ascii code 26) is
     interpreted as end of file before all file is displayed.
     from Duane Wessles
>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
>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 - 14:09:50 MST

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