RE: Setting patches as application/octet-stream?

From: Larmour, Jonathan <>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 17:18:37 +0100

>From: Michael Pelletier
>Sent: 03 September 1997 15:38
>Subject: Setting patches as application/octet-stream?
>One of PStewart's problems was that he clicked on the patch to display it
>on the screen before saving it to the disk. This caused the web browser
>to wrap the lines, thus corrupting the patch. How about changing the web
>server to make *.patch files have the "application/octet-stream" type
>instead of "text," so that a single-click will save it to disk instead of
>displaying it? This will be more intuitive than "click-hold, select save
>to disk" that's needed now to avoid patch corruption.

Presumably that meant he just cut and pasted what was on the screen.
Surely the correct thing to have done was Save As... instead. Sometimes
its nice to look at a patch before you download it for patching (e.g.
its easy to look at the additions to the ChangeLog). Besides, it _is_
text, and any conversions necessary to convert it to the local character
set are best done that way (e.g. for those using OS/2 squid?).

I think text is correct.

Jonathan L.

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