[tech] File extension options

Mansfield mansfield at ondollo.com
Mon Jan 25 01:14:51 GMT 2021

On Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 11:57 PM Sean Conner <sean at conman.org> wrote:

> 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
> type is returned.
>   -spc

Good to hear that it's acceptable. I hadn't thought of making it
configurable - I'll add that to the TODO list.

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