[tech] File extension options

Sean Conner sean at conman.org
Thu Jan 21 06:56:54 GMT 2021


It was thus said that the Great Mansfield once stated:
> This time it's a short question that I can't find an answer to.
> 
> Why not use '.gem' as the file extension? Why the encouragement to support
> one or both of gmi / gemini instead of adding a new one?
> 
> What I was able to find was, "Current Gemini servers seem to use .gmi or
> .gemini extensions for this purpose, and new servers are strongly
> encouraged to support one or both of these options instead of adding a new
> one to the mix." (from gemini.circumlunar.space/docs/best-practices.gmi)
> 
> To be clear: You won't get any argument from me. The only thing swaying me
> either way is, to me, '.gem' feels cooler. I'd *really* love to use that...
> I'd feel... almost sad to use gmi... and gemini is annoyingly long. So. No
> logical argument here. Just looking for some background and trying to get a
> feel for how horrible a person I'd be if I went with gem.
> 
> Thoughts?

  Go for it.  Just make sure the server you use can be configured to use
.gem as the extension.  Clients don't care about extensions because the MIME
type is returned.

  -spc


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