How to change File Description

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Old 08-15-2001
Question How to change File Description

When I am browsing the web and I end up in a directory with no HTML index file (ie index.html), I see something like this:

Index of /k

 Name               Last modified       Size   Description
 115-1564_CRW.jpg   16-Feb-2001 12:01   58k

And sometimes there is something to the right of the file (ie, its description) under the "Description" column and sometimes there isn't.

I also see the description column in my ftp software.

I would like to know how to add or alter that description (I have files people download from a directory on my website, and the description would be helpful to them). I use CuteFTP as my FTP client. I am comfortable with telnet as well.

I can't find any documentation anywhere that says how to do this.

Please help me!

# 2  
Old 08-15-2001

You will need to create the file descript.ion for each directory you want descriptions to be displayed.

Have a look at Armaster @ which is a tool that can you do it for you
# 3  
Old 08-15-2001
Question It sorta worked

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction at least. I can now search on "descript.ion".

I am able to see the descriptions when I log in to my ftp account, but if I just go to:

then the descriptions don't show up. (this is where I actually find them usefull to show up)

Also I want to know how to make "descript.ion" the equivalent of "hidden" in the MS world (ie so you can't see it on that page).

After some thought - would it just be better to do a server side include of some sort, or some PERL script to generate a directory listing (and make it look at the descript.ion file for the descriptions) within an index.html file in the /k (or other) directory?

Last edited by PearPie; 08-18-2001 at 03:28 PM..
# 4  
Old 09-19-2001
any ideas?

I'd really like some help here, or even just opinions (hopefully with examples)
# 5  
Old 09-20-2001
If you are running Apache, the proper solution is to add an "AddDescription" directive in your httpd.conf or .htaccess file.

Example: AddDescription "GZIP compressed tar archive" .tgz

You must have the "FancyIndexing" option turned on also (with:
"IndexOptions FancyIndexing")

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