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Opera frequently prompts to download gzipped pages (php.net)

Instead of displaying the uncompressed page like other browsers

     
10:03 am on Dec 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I've noticed this problem with increasing frequency lately... only Opera and only php.net (although I don't visit so many different sites in Opera - mainly just for developing).

I frequently get prompted to download gzip (specifically "application/x-gzip") compressed pages, rather than the browser uncompressing them and displaying them normally, like every other browser. However, this appears to be a bit random. The same page will later display perfectly OK in Opera, sometimes just seconds later.

Unfortunately, right now, the php.net site has become unusable for me in Opera (Chrome is OK). For every other page I'm being prompted to download (or the page is completely messed up, missing styles etc.!?)

Is this really a problem with Opera / mime-types? (Well, it is a problem because it doesn't work in Opera, but does in all other browsers.) Or is php.net doing something funny? (php.net appears to be the only site affected!?)

(I'm sure I've had this problem in the dim and distant past as well, so it may not be a recent Opera issue?)
4:54 pm on Dec 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure I've had this problem in the dim and distant past as well, so it may not be a recent Opera issue?

Might it be a webkit issue? In fact it would be more surprising if any only-in-Opera problems carried across from Old Opera (presto) to New Opera (webkit).

I recently made the unhappy discovery that certain site features (not my own) that only worked as intended in Opera ... no longer work in Opera, either.
5:46 pm on Dec 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure I've had this problem in the dim and distant past...


I'm beginning to think that maybe it was Chrome where I've had this issue before!? As today I am also seeing this problem with Chrome as well! *sigh* So, yes, a WebKit issue is more likely. Firefox appears to be OK. But why php.net?!

(As I write this, both Opera and Chrome are behaving perfectly OK! Hmmmm.)
6:31 pm on Dec 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm pretty sure that's not a browser problem. That's a server issue. That happened to one of my sites once and it was related to a server software update that broke something related to PHP.
3:00 pm on Dec 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Yes, I think it probably is/was a server issue too. (And other browsers perhaps just "coping with it" a lot better?) Maybe I'm putting too much trust into php.net, thinking that they wouldn't mess up?!
 

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