Compiled executable differences between 9x and NT

Jonathan Pryor
Fri Mar 12 05:17:00 GMT 1999

I suppose I wasn't too clear in my original message.
It was the *application* that was crashing; not Windows.
Granted, it caused a blue-screen in Win95 (which never
gives me a good feeling), but the system was still
running after the fact (Win95 hadn't frozen).
Thus, you're seeing what I was seeing.

So, it looks like I somehow stumbled across an
incompatibility in Win95B that didn't exist before.
Anybody have a later version (OSR2, OSR2.5, Win98, etc.)
to test?  Maybe it's only Win95B that bombs...which would
still be odd, and I'm not sure how it could be solved.
But it would certainly help my curiosity...

As for the download issue...  I hadn't run into that before.
Is "application/zip" close-enough for a tarball?  e.g.

    <a href="gecl.tgz" type="application/zip">source tarball</a>

(I didn't see anything referencing "tar" in the IANA database,
but I saw "application/zip", which seems to fit...)
Hopefully, this should fix the mime type problem -- if you're
accessing from an html page, anyway.  I'm not sure how to set
the mime-type on a file when _directly_ accessing the file,
instead of through an href.  Thoughts?

 - Jon

-----Original Message-----
Glenn Spell <> wrote:

>Mumit Khan wrote:
>> Could someone test it on a Win95 B (I know it works on Win95 A) *without*
>> IE 4.0 and see if it still works? I wonder if IE is the deciding factor
>> here.
>I run Win95B and I allow *no* traces of any version of MSIE on
>my system. The filesystem and the registry has been wiped clean
>of anything I can find having to do with MSIE.
>The 'test.exe' still causes the blue screen but only the program
>terminates. The system does not crash.
>BTW, I could not use Netscape or Win95 to download the package
>because the webserver returns a "Content-Type" of "text/plain".
>I grabbed it with lynx on FreeBSD then transferred it to Win95.
>HTTP/1.1 200 OK
>Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999 02:48:45 GMT
>Server: Apache/1.2.5
>Last-Modified: Tue, 09 Mar 1999 23:05:34 GMT
>ETag: "1d2e3c-2b688-36e5a93e"
>Content-Length: 177800
>Accept-Ranges: bytes
>Connection: close
>Content-Type: text/plain
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