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epp - ie6 changes file name on download

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Please visit http://epaperpress.com/temp/t.html and click on the link. The
link source indicates the filename is

unix.tar.gz

however, when downloading in ie6, it changes the name to

unix.tar.tar

What's going on?
Jul 23 '05 #1
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Gazing into my crystal ball I observed "perspicacious" <nu**@null.com>
writing in news:GL********************@comcast.com:
Please visit http://epaperpress.com/temp/t.html and click on the link.
The link source indicates the filename is

unix.tar.gz

however, when downloading in ie6, it changes the name to

unix.tar.tar

What's going on?


Probably the same thing that Microsoft always does, assume.

I downloaded with Opera and IE, and was able to open both.

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Adrienne Boswell
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Jul 23 '05 #2

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Seeing no workaround, I've added text to my web site that users will have to
rename the file when they download.

Sigh...
Jul 23 '05 #3

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"Adrienne" wrote in comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html:
Gazing into my crystal ball I observed "perspicacious":
Please visit http://epaperpress.com/temp/t.html and click on the link.
The link source indicates the filename is unix.tar.gz however, when
downloading in ie6, it changes the name to unix.tar.tar


Probably the same thing that Microsoft always does, assume.

I downloaded with Opera and IE, and was able to open both.


Add Mozilla to the list for "uses correct name".

If you tell people they have to rename the file, I hope you'll
indicate that IE is the only known browser with this problem.

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Jul 23 '05 #4

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Gazing into my crystal ball I observed "perspicacious" <nu**@null.com>
writing in news:wr********************@comcast.com:
Seeing no workaround, I've added text to my web site that users will
have to rename the file when they download.

Sigh...


When I downloaded it, I didn't have to rename it. Give it a try.

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Adrienne Boswell
http://www.cavalcade-of-coding.info
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Jul 23 '05 #5

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"perspicacious" <nu**@null.com> wrote in
news:GL********************@comcast.com:
Please visit http://epaperpress.com/temp/t.html and click on the link.
The link source indicates the filename is

unix.tar.gz

however, when downloading in ie6, it changes the name to

unix.tar.tar

What's going on?


Known issue with Internet Explorer.

When a request is made for
http://epaperpress.com/temp/unix.tar.gz
your server's response includes this HTTP header:
Content-Type: application/x-tar

It appears that based on that, IE is deciding
that the file extension should be ".tar".

If you edit your Windows Registry, and look at this key:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\MIME\Database\Content Type\MIMEType
and find the application/x-tar subkey, on systems that
exhibit the behaviour you are talking about you'll see
that the entry for "Extension" is ".tar". Change that
to ".gz" and repeat the request for
http://epaperpress.com/temp/unix.tar.gz
and you'll find that IE 'does the right thing'.

A)
I have no idea if this registry change is
"the right thing to do", and of course most
people won't want to, or know how to, make
changes to their registry.
B)
I don't know if there are variations to the
HTTP headers returned by your server that
might make a difference to how IE behaves.
C)
MIME Type Handling in Microsoft Internet Explorer
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;293336

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Dave Patton
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Jul 23 '05 #6

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"perspicacious" <nu**@null.com> wrote in message
news:GL********************@comcast.com...
Please visit http://epaperpress.com/temp/t.html and click on the link. The
link source indicates the filename is

unix.tar.gz

however, when downloading in ie6, it changes the name to

unix.tar.tar

What's going on?


IE silliness. Try enclosing the file name in quotes in the Save As dialogue
box.
Jul 23 '05 #7

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*perspicacious* <nu**@null.com>:

unix.tar.gz

however, when downloading in ie6, it changes the name to

unix.tar.tar


IIRC, which is not necessarily the case, IE decompresses the archive on
the fly (despite any HTTP header telling it to), so the "correct" file
name would indeed be:

unix.tar

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a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and
miss... Most people fail to miss the ground, and if they are really trying
properly, the likelihood is that they will miss it fairly hard."
Jul 23 '05 #8

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Not in this case. Just the name is changed. Contacted my host but they were
unable to reproduce the problem. I'll just stick with the advisor to change
the name of the download. If anyone's interested, the real link is at

http://epaperpress.com/pcc

Choose Resources > Unix > Environment

Thanks to all, especially Dave Patton, who really nailed the problem.
Jul 23 '05 #9

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