I've made some minor modifications to `dwww' that allow you to gzip the html documentation, provided you run `Apache' with mod_rewrite and mod_actions. What it does is have `dwww' return a redirect URL, rather than try to access the HTML on its own. The redirect sends the browser to http://localhost/doc/blahblah/ and in /usr/doc/blahblah, the html files are gzipped, and renamed to file.htmlgz. There is a "/usr/doc/.htaccess" file that looks like this:
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And in `cgi-bin', I've got simple scripts that just print the "Content-type:" header and `zcat' or `bunzip2' the data to the net. The server has been configured, in "/etc/apache/srm.conf", with:
DirectoryIndex index.html index.htmlgz index.htmlbz2 AddEncoding x-compress Z AddEncoding x-gzip gz AddEncoding x-bzip2 bz2 AddType text/x-html-gzip htmlgz AddHandler x-html-gzip htmlgz Action x-html-gzip /cgi-bin/zcat-html AddType text/x-plain-gzipped .gz AddHandler x-plain-gzipped .gz Action x-plain-gzipped /cgi-bin/zcat-plain # ... or bzip2 them. AddType text/x-html-bzip2 htmlbz2 AddHandler x-html-bzip2 htmlbz2 Action x-html-bzip2 /cgi-bin/bz2cat-html AddType text/x-plain-bzip2ed .bz2 AddHandler x-plain-bzip2ed .bz2 Action x-plain-bzip2ed /cgi-bin/bz2cat-plain
I've written a simple cron job that runs once a week and ensures that all of the newly installed .html files get gzipped and overwrite the old .htmlgz's from before the upgrade. I'd like it if the package installation tools would do that if the option is set for that. The URL's inside the documents don't need to be adjusted, since the sendmailish mod_rewrite rules handle that. I suppose that `boa' could implement a similar thing without too much bloat, and could perhaps perform the decompression itself. It could also be modified to send that data as is, with the right "Content-type:" and "Transfer-encoding:" for a gzip enabled browser to uncompress at the user's end... and perhaps only do that when `HTTP_USER_AGENT' is not =~ m/Win95|WinNT|Macintosh/, but unzip at the server when the other end cannot simply upgrade to GNU. The `dwww' patch is viewable from my `cvsweb'... I'll tell you the URL, maybe, if you write, and you're a Linux developer. I have mailed it to Jim Pick; I don't know if he's had time to do anything with it or not. Footnotes:  I don't want to publish it to the search engines... I live on a modem connection. -- mailto:email@example.com (Karl M. Hegbloom) http://www.inetarena.com/~karlheg Portland, OR USA Debian GNU 1.3.1+hamm Linux 2.0.33 AMD K5 PR-133 Will work for food, books, computer parts, and ski trips.
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