Re: forwarded message from A Server Maintainer

Tony Sanders (
Sun, 26 Sep 1993 20:52:42 -0500

> Re the switch to HTTP/1.0 and the CERN daemon, a number of existing
> sites are having problems like the following. Is there anything that
> can be done on the daemon software side to have this go more smoothly.
> >[HTStreamStack] Constructing stream stack for www/mime to www/present
> >[HTStreamStack] Constructing stream stack for application/binary to www/present
> > ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> pass / file:/home/www/Homepage
The server looks at the file extenstion to decide what kind of file it
is. You can control this in the rule file with suffix lines. Homepage
needs to be Homepage.html. Here is a list that should cover most setups
(assumes long file names, but you get the picture):

# <suffix> <representation> <encoding> [<quality>]
suffix .html text/html 7bit
suffix .rtx text/richtext 7bit
suffix .etx text/x-setext 7bit 0.9
suffix .txt text/plain 7bit 0.5
suffix .ps application/postscript binary
suffix .dvi application/x-dvi binary
suffix .hdf application/x-hdf binary
suffix .snd audio/basic binary
suffix .au audio/basic binary
suffix .aif audio/x-aiff binary
suffix .wav audio/x-wav binary
suffix .gif image/gif binary
suffix .jpg image/jpeg binary
suffix .tif image/tiff binary
suffix .xbm image/x-xbitmap binary
suffix .mpg video/mpeg binary
suffix .mov video/quicktime binary
suffix .avi video/x-msvideo binary
suffix .movie video/x-sgi-movie binary
suffix *.* application/octet-stream binary 0.1
suffix * text/plain 7bit

Refer to
(and the MIME RFC) for a more complete listing.