MIME type

Fritz Whittington f.whittington at att.net
Wed Feb 4 22:39:13 UTC 2004

On or about 2004-02-04 09:33, Rogelio Bazán Reyes whipped out a trusty 
#2 pencil and scribbled:

> i suppose that my netscape web server is one them, because i´m denying 
> audio/x-pn-realaudio-plugin.
> i will probe  with  application/x-rpm.
> thanx a lot
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> Rogelio Bazán Reyes
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> Piero Calucci wrote:
>> On Wed, 2004-02-04 at 13:13, Bob Chiodini wrote:
>>> On Tue, 2004-02-03 at 15:18, Rogelio Bazán Reyes wrote:
>>>> Does anybody knows the MIME Type of the rpm packages?
>>>> This is because my proxy server is blocking the downloads of these 
>>>> packages, and i want to register the rpm´s as a permitted mime type to
>>>> download.
>>> The File Associations config tool for the Ximian Desktop indicates an
>>> RPM is application/x-rpm.
>> There is a large number of (slightly broken) web servers that serve RPMs
>> w/ a mime type of audio/x-pn-realaudio-plugin
The problem of course, is that the MIME type is reported by the server, 
and can be anything.  I have seen several variations, most of which a 
human could guess were either RPM or Real Audio, but sometimes just 

If you want to allow Linux packages but not allow Real Audio, you need a 
moderately smart filter that allows any MIME type with both 
"application" and "-rpm" but disallows "audio", and that will still 
block some actual RPMs that are improperly identified by the server.

Fritz Whittington
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. (James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791)

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