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[gopher] Re: ascii art

Thanks for pointing out the reason why the # symbol brings back the root directory.  I was unaware that this was actually a browser quirk, and really appreciate the explanation.  Testing shows that it indeed works with JumpJet when using the I.E. 6 browser.  I will have to try some other gopher clients some time to see if they also perform the same way.  
Cameron Kaiser <spectre@floodgap.com> wrote:  > Interestingly, the Bucktooth Gopher Server (which is what Floodgap uses)
> accepts some wildcard symbols (such as the "#" symbol) and will, for
> example, return the root directory contents if you type:
> gopher://gopher.floodgap.com/#

I did not evaluate the remainder of your message, but this analysis is not
correct. What you're observing is a side effect of itemtype interpretation in
URLs, and is not server specific (it also works with JumpJet). The # is not
actually transmitted to the server; it is interpreted as the item type to a
null request, which most browsers will interpret as an unknown item type and
attempt to display as text. To prove that # is not salient to Bucktooth,

% nc gopher.floodgap.com 70
0'/#' doesn't exist! error.host 1

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