20 Aug 2005 kwa   » (Journeyer)

Alright, I'm pissed! I just started to upload some files, mostly python scripts and various other things so anyone who is interested can download and use them. Since CSUS provides web hosting for their students, I decided to host these files there. So far, everything is fine.

About 1/2 hour ago, I was chatting with a friend of mine named Jason Ralphs. I tried to show him the blogrip.py script that I had just uploaded, and we both got 404 errors. Startled and confused, I went to upload the files again thinking that I had just forgotten to do so. But of course, they were still there.

Unfortunately, my university uses IIS on a Windows server to serve its webpages. After some experimentation, I realized that IIS would only serve files that matched a registered mimetype on the server itself. So when you try to download a file like a python script, a c header file or a tarball, it just pretends that the file isn't there. BRILLIANT!!! I'm sending an angry email right now. Of course, it wouln't solve anything, but I'm just curious to see what those helpdesk monkeys have to say.

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