Mirror unpacks distfile before sending

Bill Cole macportsusers-20171215 at billmail.scconsult.com
Wed Apr 3 04:21:24 UTC 2019

On 2 Apr 2019, at 23:45, Dave Allured - NOAA Affiliate via 
macports-users wrote:

> I have never before seen this sort of fradulent behavior, silent 
> unpacking,
> from either an http hosted data site, or the curl command.  Can anyone 
> else
> confirm this weird download behavior from that facebook.net mirror?  
> Is
> there an alternate explanation?


It sounds like the mirror may have a wrong-ish implementation of HTTP 
Compression. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_compression) I've 
seen similar oddness dependent on the client request headers.

This might be something to bring to the attention of Facebook or GNU, 
since that's a GNU mirror.

Bill Cole
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(AKA @grumpybozo and many *@billmail.scconsult.com addresses)
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