[standards-jig] sending mime-type during filetransfer

Dan Gunter dkgunter at lbl.gov
Tue Jan 13 00:19:21 UTC 2004

One small note here. The newer Linux kernels (2.4.x, with patches and 
2.6.0) include support for arbitrary attributes to be attached to files, 
a feature that is often compared to Mac's separate resource and data 
forks. See  http://acl.bestbits.at/. So at least one OS platform is in 
fact moving _towards_ including information like MIME types alongside 
the files.

- Dan

Richard Dobson wrote:
>>>It might be useful sometimes but my argument is that in the vast
> majority of
>>>cases unless you are automatically opening the file it will just be
> saved to
>>>the HDD and the mime info that was sent will be discarded, so whats the
>>>point in adding it if its only going to be discarded.
>>First, read the document:
>>Second, ask IETF for what ;)
> Im not sure how this is going to help with the fact that the majority of
> operating systems have no place to store and use this mime type/content type
> that it is being proposed is sent along with the file. This mime
> type/content type is only useful if it will follow the file and later when
> the user tries to open it outside of the IM app use that mime type to
> determine what application to open the file in, AFAIK windows and linux will
> just use the file extension.
>>>> just be saved to the HDD
>>This is not true, you can also automagically show image, play sound or
>>run application. I'm using psi (not psi.exe)...
> Thats not what a bog standard file transfer is tho, all it simply is is
> transferring a file from one person to another which is then saved onto the
> hard disc, personally due to security conciderations among other things I
> would not want my IM client to automatically open the file, and anyway if
> you want to do that you dont need mime types as the OS will in the majority
> of cases use the file extension to handle opening the file into the default
> application for that file type, I expect that is how Psi does it.
> Richard
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