[Mailman-Users] Question About Gzip'd Archives

Barry Finkel b19141 at anl.gov
Thu Sep 3 22:45:45 CEST 2009

I have a question about zipped list archives; the question arose from
a subscriber to one of our lists.  I am running Mailman 2.1.11 on
Ubuntu from a package I built from the SourceForge source.

mailman# pwd
mailman# ls -ald 2009-August*
drwxrwsr-x 2 list list  4096 2009-08-31 11:34 2009-August
-rw-rw-r-- 1 list list 91577 2009-08-31 11:34 2009-August.txt
-rw-rw-r-- 1 list list 20708 2009-09-01 03:27 2009-August.txt.gz

The .txt file looks fine, as does the .gz file.
When I go to the list admin web interface and look at the archives,
I see

     August 2009: [Thread] [Subject] [Author] [Date] [GZip'd text 20KB]

That value (20KB) seems to be correct.  When I click on the "[Gzip...]"
link, Firefox/Solaris gives me a text file, not a .gz file.  Maybe
Firefox knows how to unzip the file, as vim does.  When I click on
the same link using IE8/XP, IE8 sees the .gz suffix and asks me what
to do with the file.  I save it on my desktop, and when I look at the
file, I see that it is a plain text file.  It is not a gzip'd file.
Why?  Thanks.

Barry S. Finkel
Computing and Information Systems Division
Argonne National Laboratory          Phone:    +1 (630) 252-7277
9700 South Cass Avenue               Facsimile:+1 (630) 252-4601
Building 222, Room D209              Internet: BSFinkel at anl.gov
Argonne, IL   60439-4828             IBMMAIL:  I1004994

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