When I visit the f-droid website, my browser offers me to save a file with a random name. I cannot view the website at all. Any hints?

  • @GravitySpoiled
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    2 months ago

    Is it F-droid.apk?

    Can you take a screen record?

    • @NinguemOP
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      02 months ago

      I cant. I’m on my phone right now. Just picture a save file dialog from 3 browsers with a random string dot something as filename. I noticed on my phone the file is named something like downloads.bin.

      • @NinguemOP
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        22 months ago

        Actualy, downloadfile.bin.

        • @leanleft
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          22 months ago

          thats very strange

    • @NinguemOP
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      32 months ago

      Well… just saved one of those files, renamed it to file.html and opened it with the browser. Seems to be the f-droid homepage lacking the css.

      What could it be? That doesn’t happen on any other website.

    • @NinguemOP
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      2 months ago

      The content seems html but the name is something else. On android the suggested filename is downloadfile.bin. creepy.

  • @NinguemOP
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    22 months ago

    Just a thought: could it be hsts?

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      2 months ago

      Ahha! With a blank bowser profile directory it works as expected. It has to be HSTS, right? Now, how do I fix this?

  • Go-On-A-Steam-Train
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    22 months ago

    I don’t know if this useful, but the link works in the UK… I would be interested to hear if you have any luck with it, sorry I can’t be any use beyond this.

    I had the thought of trying a VPN set to other countries if you can, or different DNS settings, but I imagine you already thought of it but can’t think of much else.

    Best of luck with it :)

    • @NinguemOP
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      22 months ago

      I tried to use some webproxy to test other locations and had the same result - only difference is the name offered for the file to download.

      Thanks.

    • @NinguemOP
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      12 months ago

      <drumroll…>Tada!..

      It suddenly is working. I didn’t change a thing.

      @catloaf@lemm.ee suggested I get suspicious about my country or ISP. Should I worry, now?!.. :-(

      Seriously, did the f-droid folks change anything on their end?

      • Go-On-A-Steam-Train
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        12 months ago

        That’s bizarre! Glad it’s working, but what the Dickens made it behave so strangely? I imagine it wouldn’t be anything nefarious, especially since its only fdroid, but… Damn that’s odd!

        Glad it solved itself at last :)

  • @NinguemOP
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    2 months ago

    On my desktop, the name is something like <random>.ptrom. Im from Portugal. Could ptrom have anything to do with it?

      • @NinguemOP
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        22 months ago

        Does your ISP or government interfere with your Internet access? When you view the cert, does it show that it was issued by Let’s Encrypt?

        I hope not.

        I can’t inspect any cert. The browser url bar doesn’t show the padlock.

          • @NinguemOP
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            12 months ago

            It happen in both http and https, but http wold redirect to https wouldn’t it?

            The cert is letsencrypt, yes. Didn’t verify the details, though.

    • @NinguemOP
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      22 months ago

      Both hosts and resolv.conf are ok.

      • Herbal Gamer
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        2 months ago

        Try it on your phone. F-Droid is an android app.

        Also if the random file you’re getting is F-Droid.apk, that’s the file you need to install it on your phone.

        • @NinguemOP
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          12 months ago

          No no no. The app seems to work ok. It’s the website that seems broken.

  • @paradox2011
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    12 months ago

    Checked on mobile, doesn’t happen for me. I’ll try on my desktop Arch setup.

  • @NinguemOP
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    02 months ago

    Bang! Firefox on windows - same thing!