[Mongrel] [SURVEY] MIME types questions for Mongrel 1.0 RC1
Jason A. Hoffman
jason at joyent.com
Wed Dec 6 18:03:26 EST 2006
On Dec 6, 2006, at 2:19 PM, Zed A. Shaw wrote:
> I need people to answer a survey super quick for the next little
> release of Mongrel. Basically, nobody ever agrees on mime types,
> especially defaults, which is why Mongrel has none and you set your
> own. Sometimes people just refuse to set their own and want
> Mongrel to do everything for them, but if that happens then people
> will complain about the defaults.
> Damned if I do, damned if I don't.
> So, let's put this to the test:
> 1) Should Mongrel support a larger set of default mime types?
> 2) What should those defaults be? Post a YAML file somewhere so I
> can compare the various answers.
> 3) What should be the default mime type if a file doesn't match?
> 3a) Where do you get this default?
> 4) Would anyone object to Mongrel moving the default mime type list
> into a YAML file in the source tree that it loads? **You'd still
> be able to override like normal.**
> 5) If your favorite web server does it a particular way, do you
> actually think this is the real standard or just what that web
> server does?
> 5a) Do you think this default could be improved on depending on the
> situation? Think development vs. production deployments.
> Being the most vocal or ranting will get your votes discounted.
> Keep it rational and support it with external evidence, not
> rhetoric. People can go round in circles forever over something
> this idiotically simple.
> I'm indifferent BTW, just annoyed at more work on mime types so I'd
> like to put it to rest once and for all and make whatever seems to
> be the most popular as the mongrel policy.
> Finally, if nobody has an opinion then I'll just leave it as-is in
> order to get Mongrel 1.0 RC1 out.
> Thanks for your time.
I'm indifferent as well from the userside of things but I suspect
that if you did support a larger set it could make your support life
If you want something that might be "quick and easy" (and I put that
in quotes because I'm talking out of my ass and it might not be easy
outside of hey-here-is-a-file) I've just added to apache's default
etc/mime.types over the last 2.5 years of textdrive, and if that just
copied over and put into a mimetypes.yml
A fine default is application/octet-stream or plain text.
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