Adobe Acrobat

Tim ignored_mailbox at
Wed Jun 27 08:39:37 UTC 2007

>> The file that I am trying to load is a OOo -> PDF document -> Uploaded 
>> onto the web.
>> I do not think that it is an issue with the document per se, or is it?

Frank Cox:
> Actually, it is a problem with that document, or at least with the way that
> your webserver is providing it.
> I get the "what to do with this file" dialog when I try to open that too, but I
> don't see it when I click on other PDF files.

[tim at bigblack ~]$ lynx --head

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Last-Modified: Fri, 08 Jun 2007 22:27:20 GMT
Cache-control: public
Expires: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 08:33:53 GMT
Content-Length: 100044
Content-Type: application/octet-stream
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 08:33:53 GMT
Server: GFE/1.3
Connection: Keep-Alive

"application/octet-stream" just means that this is some unidentified
binary, and the downloading application will have to figure out what to
do with it after it downloads.  You can't allocate a specific program to
that MIME type, because *any* sort of binary file can be sent that way.
The next non-PDF file would cause you similar problems.

It should be sent as "application/pdf", then your agent knows what it's
going to get, and can act in a manner predetermined specifically for
that file type.  If the OP can control their server, they should "add"
that MIME type to the configuration.  I don't know what customisations
you can do with googlepages, but I would have thought anything
associated with Google would have a proper MIME type set up for PDF.  If
you can't do it yourself, e-mail to their support staff.

[tim at bigblack ~]$ rm -rfd /*^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Huname -ipr
2.6.21-1.3228.fc7 i686 i386

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