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App Platform - Service disable gz compression on some file types

Hi, we have a web game exported as a static site.

Initially we used static_sites to deploy it, but for its size we switched to a service, setting up nginx with gzip and br compression to speed up the loading.

Locally the docker image is working fine, the transfer size is halved, but when loaded on App Platform I noticed that all media files and everything labeled as application/octet-stream ignores totally the header accept-encoding: gzip, deflate, br returning a non compressed response.

How can we restore the compression? Otherwise for this use-case App Platform is unusable, and we’ll have to choose another way.

Thank you


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Bobby Iliev
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March 16, 2023

Hi there,

With static sites, I believe that gzip should automatically be enabled.

You can check that with the following curl request:

curl -I -H 'Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate' https://your-app-platform-site.ondigitalocean.app/

The response will contain the following headers:

HTTP/2 200
...
cf-cache-status: HIT
age: 147
vary: Accept-Encoding
server: cloudflare
cf-ray: 7a8c217a4b05313e-SOF
content-encoding: gzip

With static sites you would get Cloudflare integration directly with re-configured optimization so for any static sites, you will most likely get a better performance that way rather than running them as an actual service.

Best,

Bobby

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