[kwlug-disc] why am i getting "Content Encoding Error" using firefox?

Rashkae rashkae at tigershaunt.com
Mon Jan 12 10:40:55 EST 2009


Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>   trying to view:
> 
> http://www.bitshrine.org/gpp_info/asterisk-1.4.21.1.tar.gz.html
> 
> using IE under windows, it works fine.  trying the same thing thru
> firefox gives me:
> 
> =========
> Content Encoding Error
> 
> The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because it uses an
> invalid or unsupported form of compression.
> 
> The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because it uses an
> invalid or unsupported form of compression.
> 
>     * Please contact the website owners to inform them of this
> problem.
> =========
> 
>   thoughts?
> 

Apache is adding a "Content-Encoding: gzip" header to the request.
Probably something that is being automagically done by the .gz in the
URL filename.

IE is ignoring the header, while Firefox is trying (and failing) to do
something clever about it.  And ultimately, the header is erroneous,
since the file is really just a simple html document that links to the
asterisk-1.4.21.1.tar.gz file.

I suggest you report this error to the webmaster.  The easiest work
around is probably to simply rename the html file



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