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Re: [groff] infinite loop with groff + mom

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: [groff] infinite loop with groff + mom
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:15:41 +0000

Hi Peter,

> Lastly, I downloaded the file from the Opera browser, and hey,
> presto!, file(1) reported
>   mom-2.2-a (1).tar.gz: POSIX tar archive (GNU)
> If anyone knows why this is, I'll be glad of the knowledge.

My reply to Ulrich touched upon it.  Your Apache is sending a
Content-Encoding header and the browser is decompressing the result.
The brief description at suggests you should
configure Apache to not do that for pre-compressed tar files.  (If the
URL foo.tar was retrieved and the server and client agreed to gzip it
over the wire then the header should still be present and automatic
decompression occur.)

This is a common problem.  I'd have expected foo.tar.gz to be
Content-Type appliction/gzip, without a Content-Encoding.  There's no
official MIME type for tar file AIUI.  This is along those lines, except
it's still using the unofficial MIME type.

    curl -sSIL

Cheers, Ralph.

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