[Rd] Non-webby links on Windows web page

Boylan, Ross Ross.Boylan at ucsf.edu
Thu Nov 13 21:20:35 CET 2014

Thanks for the detective work.  I'm a little surprised all the mirrors aren't configured the same.

Maybe it should be a little easier to figure out how to contact the maintainers of a particular site.

At the bottom of the front page are links to 2 organization; picking the most specific led to a general welcome page.  It had a contact llink at the bottom, which led to a page that had an IT contact on it, cnrit at berkeley.edu. I'll try sending it there with a cc to cran at r-project.org, which I found chasing another set of links.

From: Jeroen Ooms [jeroenooms at gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 8:58 PM
To: Boylan, Ross
Cc: r-devel at r-project.org
Subject: Re: [Rd] Non-webby links on Windows web page

This caused by the Berkeley web server setting strange content-types.
It is probably more suitable to report this to the Berkeley mirror
admin or cran maintainers.

> library(httr)
> GET("http://cran.cnr.berkeley.edu/bin/windows/base/README.R-3.1.2")$headers["content-type"]
[1] "application/x-troff-man"

> GET("http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/base/README.R-3.1.2")$headers["content-type"]
[1] "text/plain"

On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 7:05 PM, Boylan, Ross <Ross.Boylan at ucsf.edu> wrote:
> On the Windows download page the second link is "Installation and other instructions" http://cran.cnr.berkeley.edu/bin/windows/base/README.R-3.1.2.  Clicking on this gets me a "download or open as" dialogue rather than a page of text.
> I think something like this happened a few years ago, and the problem was the MIME type of the link.
> It would be nice to fix.
> Thanks.
> Ross Boylan
> P.S. I was using http://cran.cnr.berkeley.edu/ and FF 33.1 on Win 7.
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