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Can't view .mov on hpux11 webserver from pc client

 
Andrea Pearson
Occasional Advisor

Can't view .mov on hpux11 webserver from pc client

What software do I need to load on my hpux11 webserver for users to be able to view a .mov using a url. Is this even doable? When I say.. click on the link, nothing happens. I get a blank window.

Thanks,
Andrea
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Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: Can't view .mov on hpux11 webserver from pc client

> Can't view .mov on hpux11 webserver from pc
> client

Huh? What, exactly, are you trying to see
where, how? What, exactly, is an "hpux11
webserver"?

uname -a

Are you running (some version of) Apache (or
something) on the HP-UX system? And (some
version of) some Web browser (or other) on
some Windows system?

> [...] When I say.. click on the link,
> nothing happens.

Which "the link" is that? Which sort of
"nothing" happens?

> I get a blank window.

What did you have before that?

Can this (unspecified) Web browser on its
(unspecified) system play a ".mov" when it's
served from some other Web server
(somewhere)?

http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/
Patrick Wallek
Honored Contributor

Re: Can't view .mov on hpux11 webserver from pc client

Displaying of any type of files within a browser is usually controlled by software installed on the client running the browser (be it Windows, Linux, OS X, etc.). Rarely is file display controlled by the web server itself.
Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: Can't view .mov on hpux11 webserver from pc client

> [...] Rarely is file display controlled by
> the web server itself.

Controlled? Perhaps not. But influenced?
Perhaps. A Web server returns more in its
reply to a request than simply the raw bytes
in the requested file (or the dynamically
generated data, depending).

On my VMS system, for example, the
Apache(-derived) Web server has a
"conf/mime.types" configuration file, which
includes (comments and) data like these:

[...]
# This file controls what Internet media types are sent to the client for
# given file extension(s). Sending the correct media type to the client
# is important so they know how to handle the content of the file.
# Extra types can either be added here or by using an AddType directive
# in your config files. For more information about Internet media types,
# please read RFC 2045, 2046, 2047, 2048, and 2077. The Internet media type
# registry is at <>.
[...]
video/quicktime qt mov
[...]

It should all be covered in the Apache docs.

So, the Web server should know which sort of
data it's sending back to the client, and the
client should know what to do when it gets a
particular type of data. For some types,
like, say a JPEG image ("image/jpeg"), most
(GUI) browsers know what to do. For a PDF
document ("application/pdf"), the browser may
need to use an Adobe reader plug-in, or run a
helper application, like, say, xpdf. For a
Quicktime movie, the story is probably
similar. But, knowing approximately nothing
about either end of this transaction, it's
tough to make a decent guess even at what's
happening, let alone why it might be
happening.
Andrea Pearson
Occasional Advisor

Re: Can't view .mov on hpux11 webserver from pc client

I am using EI to open the .mov file on a PC. the HPUX11 webserver is installed with Appache. From what I can tell my unix server is installed correctly. If I launch quick time on my pc, and do file, open url, and put the link there, the .mov file runs. When I just click the link say from an email, IE launches, it attempts to open the URL and then I get a blank screen.

I dont know where the problem lies. If it is with IE or some software I may need to load on my unix web server.

This is my first time using this posting so I am sorry that I wasn't as clear in describing my problem as I should have been the first time. I hope this paints a better picture of my problem.
Patrick Wallek
Honored Contributor

Re: Can't view .mov on hpux11 webserver from pc client

My guess is the problem probably is with IE and whatever application it is trying to use to open / play the .mov file.

I don't remember where this is set up in IE.
Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: Can't view .mov on hpux11 webserver from pc client

> Can this (unspecified) Web browser on its
> (unspecified) system play a ".mov" when it's
> served from some other Web server
> (somewhere)?

Still wondering.

> [...] IE launches [...]

Have you tried another browser, like, say,
Firefox, or even MSIE on a different client
system?

> [...] If I launch quick time on my pc, and
> do file, open url, and put the link there,
> the .mov file runs. [...]

That sounds as if the Web server is serving
the thing properly.

Think about it. You have two systems, one
server and one client. Both need to work
properly for you to play the movie. You
can't play the movie, so there must be a
problem with (at least) of of the systems.
Where's the problem? TRY SOMETHING
DIFFERENT. If the client system can't play
a movie from _any_ server, then there's
probably a problem with the client. If _no_
client can play a movie served from your
server, then there's probably a problem with
your server. Unless you can run some
(obvious) tests (or provide access to either
your client or server, so that someone else
could run some (obvious) tests), I don't see
how any non-psychic here can be of much help.
Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: Can't view .mov on hpux11 webserver from pc client

And, if the problem is in the (Windows)
client system, then you're asking in the
wrong forum.
Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: Can't view .mov on hpux11 webserver from pc client

Shalom,

Yes it is doable.

You probably need to enable the file type in httpd.conf file and bounce the apache server.

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