[thelist] Download box and 'text/plain'

John.Brooking at sappi.com John.Brooking at sappi.com
Fri Feb 6 11:49:17 CST 2004

Hello, list,

   I've occasionally had a mysterious problem with CGI Perl scripting
wherein I call my script, and instead of the page output I expect, my
browser (IE 6, my company's standard) brings up a file download box with the
name of the Perl script in it, asking me if I'd like to open or save it. It
was happening today, and I think I've finally narrowed it down. I get this
when I attempt to output with "Content-Type: text/plain", instead of
"text/html". It's very consistent, and happens with both the CGI::header
function or if I just print the content-type line myself. "text/html" works
fine; In either case, I change the "html" to "plain", and I get the dialog

   Could this be a security setting in IE? Or maybe a security setting
somewhere else in our system (such as a proxy)? I can't try it in other
browsers right now because I'm sending this from work...

   Obviously I can get around it by writing text/html, but I'm curious. If I
knew more about it, I'd submit a tip for it!

- John
Company Disclaimer Automatically Appended:

This message may contain information which is private, privileged or
confidential and is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity
named in the message. If you are not the intended recipient of this message,
please notify the sender thereof and destroy / delete the message. Neither
the sender nor Sappi Limited (including its subsidiaries and associated
companies) shall incur any liability resulting directly or indirectly from
accessing any of the attached files which may contain a virus or the like. 

More information about the thelist mailing list