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I have a dynamic webpage which I want to create a "frozen" copy of.

Typically I would do something like wget -m, and then put the files in the document root of the web-server.

This site however has some dynamic content, including dynamically generated images, for instance

This means that in order to mirror the page, I need to

  1. Save whatever headers the server currently serves for each URL (at least which MIME types it reports).

    This can be done using the wget option --save-headers.

  2. Serve the static pages and serve the proper headers (at least the content type headers) for each file.

    (This I have no idea of how to do.)

What is the best way to solve this? Any suggestions are welcome.

Put differently: How can I serve files without an extension with the correct MIME type header? (Where the original webserver defines what the correct MIME type really is.)

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I don't see why you need to serve the original headers along with the "dynamic content". – womble Jul 4 '12 at 15:14
Because a binary file such as /company/123/logo is not magically perceived as a jpeg by the browser without proper headers. – aioobe Jul 4 '12 at 21:51
So the question you really should ask is "how can I serve files without an extension with the correct MIME type header?". – womble Jul 5 '12 at 1:47
Yes. But there are som (extensioness) URLs pointing to zip files, some to files with html-content, javascript.content and so on. So instead of listing them all as you suggest, I would just like to preserv the headers. At least some headers. – aioobe Jul 5 '12 at 6:24
I assume you're not talking to me when you say "listing them all as you suggest", because I certainly didn't suggest having a list of filename to MIME type mappings -- that would be stupid. – womble Jul 5 '12 at 7:59

If you can live without the last bit of your question ("where the original server defines what the correct MIME type really is"), and you're using Apache, you can use mod_mime_magic to automatically detect and serve the correct MIME type for your files.

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