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Old 07-13-2009, 09:13 PM   #1
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ePUB and deflate/gzip

Hi All,

I thought I'd just share with you something I encountered recently when adding ePUB files for download on my website (Promotional link removed - MODERATOR]. Maybe it might help someone in the future.

My site is running ASP.NET and is using .NET to deflate/gzip content. This included downloaded files (PDF, ePUB and Mobi). To my surprise, it seems that deflate was dropping the last 4 bytes on the ePUB files. I didn't bother open the ePUB files with a hex editor to see what the last 4 bytes were but in notepad they looked like blanks (whitespace). When trying to load the ePUB files into calibre I was told that they weren't valid zip files. Funny enough, if I renamed the files .zip, winzip would extract them just fine. Oh well.

Anyways, long story short, I stopped using deflate/gzip for my download files and the problem is solved.

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Old 07-13-2009, 09:42 PM   #2
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There isn't much point in using deflate on EPUb since EPUB is zipped anyway.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:56 PM   #3
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Good to know it won't affect my bandwidth too badly.

Thanks, by-the-way for calibre - it's Great! I will be making a donation once I get a little closer to being in the black
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