Friday, December 24, 2010

Gmail problems

I use gmail almost exclusively and I am very happy with how it works. Recently there surfaced an interesting bug. Attachments can be downloaded individually or combined as a single zip file. It turns out gmail adds a few bytes to the zipped files. After unzipping I see:

C:\Users\erwin\Downloads>dir "AM RFP IFPRI.docx"/s
Volume in drive C is HP
Volume Serial Number is 8AA3-C6D2

Directory of C:\Users\erwin\Downloads

12/22/2010  01:03 PM           194,667 AM RFP IFPRI.docx
               1 File(s)        194,667 bytes

Directory of C:\Users\erwin\Downloads\rfpburundi

12/24/2010  12:06 PM           195,072 AM RFP IFPRI.docx
               1 File(s)        195,072 bytes

     Total Files Listed:
               2 File(s)        389,739 bytes
               0 Dir(s)  315,865,411,584 bytes free

C:\Users\erwin\Downloads>

First one downloaded as single file, second one unzipped from zip. After a few nasty warning messages about corrupted files Word is actually able to open and view the second file also.

See also: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/gmail/thread?tid=7d4f236a3538ebbc&hl=en