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From: floyd at interactive dot net
Subject: GIF - straight to the browser
Date: Sep 9 1997 8:33PM

I'm generating GIFs using the GD perl module (its very nice).
I want to bring the GIFs directly back to the browser, instead
of using an IMG tag in an HTML page.

Content-type: image/gif does not work for me.  If you load a GIF
into your browser (eg http://www.xxx.yyy/abcd.gif) and view source,
you will see GIF87a followed by what i believe to be the source
of the GIF file.

As a test, i wrote a simple CGI perl script and browsed it:

#!/usr/bin/perl 
#print "Content-type: image/gif"
open(X,") { print; }
close(X);
exit;

this did not work - server 500 Server Error - malformed headed.
this is the same error i get when i added:
	print "Content-type: image/gif\n\n";

However, if i change that line to:
	print "Content-type: text/html";

and browse the script, then view source, the source looks EXACTLY the
same as just browsing the image and viewing source.  

Any thoughts out there?

Christian Floyd Bevacqua