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Re: Confused about item-type for PDF files

On Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 10:35:57AM +0100, peter garner wrote:
> Hi List, 
> My gopher server (running gophernicus) has a wide selection of files
> but very few are in TXT format: I mainly collect PDFs instead as these
> are more easily available.
> However, experimenting with a number of clients recently has
> highlighted some confusion on my part as to which item-type to use for 
> PDF: up until recently I've used "P", and the clients I used seemed to
> handle these correctly. If I use the gophernicus-recommended item-type
> of "d" (d document file (ps, pdf, doc etc)) it breaks the original UMN
> gopher client.
> I know that rfc1436 has no mention of PDF format, and that binary files
> should be type "9". I anyone else serving PDFs, and if so, which item-
> type are you using?


Type 9 is correct and the best standardized type for it.

RFC1436: https://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1436.txt

"3.8 Item type characters
[...] Characters '0' through 'Z' are reserved."

So my understanding is using type 'd' is OK, but undefined.
Using type 'P' is invalid, because reserved.

Kind regards,

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