The rocket: a movie clip.

Kerstin has posted a movie on her site. It seems that the Free University’s web server does not know the .mp4 ending of the movie file and sends it as plain text. If that happens to you and you see garbled text in your browser window instead of a movie or a dialogue asking you to save the file, you can either save the garbled text to disk and then open it with the movie player of your choice (VLC or QuickTime should do the job) or you go back and then right click on the link and select to save it to your disk. Complicated, I know. I just send a “bug report” to the webmaster requesting correct configuration of the web server. We’ll see if that helps.

Postscript: 53 minutes after I sent the e-mail to the zedat’s (FU Berlin computer dept.) support address I got the following reply:

Hallo Herr Frers
* Lars Frers <> [09.01.04 15:37]:
> Meine Vermutung ist, das der Apache Server der zedat mit der
> Dateiendung .mp4 nichts anzufangen weiss und die Dateien deshalb mit
Ihr Vermutung war richtig, wir haben den entsprechenden MIME-Type nachgetragen.
Mit freundlichen Gruessen,
Philipp Grau

I must say I am impressed by the speed with which the dealt with this problem. Kudos!

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4 Responses to “The rocket: a movie clip.”

  1. daniel. says:

    So – Kerstin has a webpage too – nice. Funny movie (film noir?).>

  2. ozean says:

    I did not know that this is possible. very convenient. I guess the “directory in question” is the one containing the to be defined file?>

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is possible. But the directives inside the .htaccess aply also to all subdirectories (as long as these don’t have their own .htacces, which would override the upper directives). You can do lot more than adding mime types, like passwd access etc.>

  4. Anonymous says:

    You even have the Apache Manual on your Mac. If Apache is running, go to http://name.of.your.mac/manual>

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