why are WBA's being downloaded as ZIP's

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by gmc2 | Discussion: WindowBlinds

I've had several PM's asking what the deal is with blinds being downloaded from the site as ZIP files instead of the expected WBA file that was uploaded in the first place.

My suggested remedy is to change the ZIP extension to a WBA one and double click, which I believe will do the trick.

however, why is this happening in the first place???

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Snowman
Reply #1 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 7:34 AM

Because IE, that's why.

Or because some users out of wtf ever reason totally unnecessarily decides to ZIP the .wba.
Just more work for the Mods (which for me, personally detracts in the rating), and adds more confusion for those who decide to download it.

LightStar
Reply #2 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 7:41 AM

Well I for one upload all of my work as .zip as in a lot of cases I include a few little extras with the skin, a wallpaper or two, or few icons, etc. If you were to just rename it to .zip in my case it would not work at all as .wba that is also inside the .zip would not install. Extracting files is a simple process though, so this shouldn't really be a big issue for anyone.

 

gmc2
Reply #3 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:06 AM

Snowman
Because IE, that's why.

I don't get it, shouldn't windowblinds be the default program for wba files. what does IE have to do with the way files are handled. so, IE changes the file extension from wba to zip without notification, hmmm.

Snowman
Reply #4 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:10 AM

I guess if you just download/apply it nothing changes, but if you rightclick -> save target as, everything goes haywire.

Quite franktly, I wouldn't know.... I haven't used the shitty browser in years.

If nothing else applies, blame IE.

Wizard1956
Reply #5 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:44 AM

Nuance and Winterfell both downloaded as .zip files when they were in fact .wba's. Using IE9 in Win7. Assuming every uploaded blind is loaded and  applied by at least one moderator, I again assume they arrive as .wba's and not .zips or someone would have noticed by now that they had to be renamed to be loaded.

For some weird reason, the extension does get changed on downloading. A .zip with a blind and wp in it gets extracted to a folder, you get a wba and a wall in the folder, a renamed .wba unzipped into a folder gives you a mess to clean up. 

gmc2, are you using a zip utility to create the .wba's or does SKS do that?

BTW Snowy, that "save target as" feature hasn't worked for IE9 for years, broken after a site update, I believe.

 

 

LightStar
Reply #6 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:44 AM

It is definitely IE Snowie.  I went to download a random skin in FF and it downloads as a .wba, went to download the exact same skin in IE and it is a .zip. Microsoft does it again....

moshi
Reply #7 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 10:13 AM

that's a security feature.

more info

it can be fixed on the server side.

will that happen? unlikely, else it would have been fixed years ago.

suggest using a modern browser like Chrome or Firefox.

gmc2
Reply #8 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 10:58 AM

Wizard1956
gmc2, are you using a zip utility to create the .wba's or does SKS do that?

SKS, the program makes the wba file, don't really think I know how to do otherwise.

moshi
suggest using a modern browser like Chrome or Firefox.

I'm still with IE8 and prefer this browser for it's ease in controlling unwanted cookies and distracting/annoying video content. When I find a modern browser that allows more control by the user of unwanted downloaded content, well, I'll consider it.

moshi
that's a security feature.

more info

i can be fixed on the server side.

moshi
Reply #9 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 11:22 AM

fixed the typo.

use Chrome with Ghostery and Adblock Plus and set plugins to "click-to-play" and you should be fine, but i was actually referring to what you should suggest to the people that ask you via pm.

Snowman
Reply #10 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 11:43 AM

Wizard1956
Assuming every uploaded blind is loaded and applied by at least one moderator, I again assume they arrive as .wba's and not .zips or someone would have noticed by now that they had to be renamed to be loaded.

Every single file uploaded is tested for errors, authentisity, "extra" files etc etc, wether it being in WBA or ZIP format, and often on multible systems/OS's.

Snowman
Reply #11 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 11:46 AM

LightStar
It is definitely IE Snowie.  I went to download a random skin in FF and it downloads as a .wba, went to download the exact same skin in IE and it is a .zip. Microsoft does it again....

Tom, it's been like that for ages.
Was like that way even before I started as Moderator almost 9 years ago.

Wizard1956
Reply #12 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 11:52 AM

I've downloaded content from this site using IE6, 7, 8 and 9.  Never before has IE just had it's way with renaming file extensions.  It only seems to be with .wba's, but not other content in compressed form. Something has recently gone screwy, sometime just before the GUIC started.

Winterfell was among the first to have this behaviour, and I mentioned it in the skin comments.  IIRC, downloading it from the GUIC site with IE9 it was ok, but not if downloaded from WC. I will test this later when I get on my 7 rig.

Using Chrome on XP there is no problem, (I still prefer IE9 on 7) but seriously, tell a new member who chooses to use IE that they need to install another browser to download some skins from WC? I think not.

 

LightStar
Reply #13 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 2:45 PM

Snowman

Quoting LightStar, reply 6It is definitely IE Snowie.  I went to download a random skin in FF and it downloads as a .wba, went to download the exact same skin in IE and it is a .zip. Microsoft does it again....

Tom, it's been like that for ages.
Was like that way even before I started as Moderator almost 9 years ago.

 

Lol, yeah, but I have not used IE in ages.

 

Oh, and by the way the problem is being caused by something here at WC. I just went to download a .wba file from my personal site and IE did not rename it, it came in as .wba. So the WC web programmers need to have a look at this.

Wizard1956
Reply #14 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 3:02 PM

Ok, using IE9 I downloaded Nightlight. From the GUIC site, it downloads as a.wba and self-installs. Downloaded from WC it is a .zip file.

Xiandi
Reply #15 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 3:04 PM

Wizard1956
Ok, using IE9 I downloaded Nightlight. From the GUIC site, it downloads as a.wba and self-installs. Downloaded from WC it is a .zip file.
I uploaded it as a .wba and I got a couple PM's about it being a zip file too. This is definitely a WC issue with IE.

Uvah
Reply #16 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 4:07 PM

Yup. That's what its doin' alright. One .wba and one .zip. The zip from...ugh!.....IE9.

Island Dog
Reply #17 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 4:18 PM

This is a long time issue with IE.  Do a Google search and see it's been going on for years on a wide range of websites.

 

LightStar
Reply #18 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 5:04 PM

Well, does that mean it is fixable then here at WC?

Snowman
Reply #19 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 5:07 PM

LightStar
Well, that means it is fixable then ID?

Easiest fix: Use another browser.

Island Dog
Reply #20 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 5:22 PM

IE is the problem.  It doesn't recognize what a .wba file is so it changes to .zip.  

I would never advise anyone to use IE.

 

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