[Mailman-Users] How do I fix the archive download problem?

Richard Barrett r.barrett at openinfo.co.uk
Sun Nov 16 08:48:37 CET 2003

On Saturday, November 15, 2003, at 11:42  pm, Anders Norrbring wrote:

> -> > When I click the link in IExplorer, the .mbox file opens as text 
> in the
> -> > window instead of initiating a download..

This is probably because your web server returns the content type of 
the period archived mail files as text/plain because the suffix of 
these files it .txt; they are plain text files and so this is 
reasonable. And your browser, eager to please, is happily displaying 
the downloaded text for you rather than offering to save it.

If nightly_gzip has gzip'ed your archived mail files and the file names 
end in .txt.gz then your server will probably report the content type 
as application/x-gzip or some such, unless server is setup to 
auto-inflate gzip'ed text files, and the browser will probably offer to 
save the file.

If you want .txt files reported as some mime type other than text/plain 
you first have to decide what that is. How to get this different 
content type reported is a bit trickier and will depend to some extent 
on whether these are public archives being server just by Apache via 
the /pipermail/ URI path or private archives being served by the 
Mailman private.py CGI script via the /mailman/private/ URI path.

> ->
> -> Right-click that link instead of left-click
> -> and choose the line beginning from the word "Save".
> Oh well, I know that, but most of the users don't.  And I also know 
> that
> there is a fix for it.
> Anders.
Richard Barrett                               http://www.openinfo.co.uk

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