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[tech] File extension options

Miguel de Luis Espinosa enteka at fastmail.com

Thu Jan 21 06:41:33 GMT 2021

On Thu, Jan 21, 2021, at 5:28 AM, Mansfield wrote:

This time it's a short question that I can't find an answer to.
Why not use '.gem' as the file extension? Why the encouragement to
support one or both of gmi / gemini instead of adding a new one?
What I was able to find was, "Current Gemini servers seem to use .gmi
or .gemini extensions for this purpose, and new servers are strongly
encouraged to support one or both of these options instead of adding a
new one to the mix." (from
To be clear: You won't get any argument from me. The only thing swaying
me either way is, to me, '.gem' feels cooler. I'd *really* love to use
that... I'd feel... almost sad to use gmi... and gemini is annoyingly
long. So. No logical argument here. Just looking for some background
and trying to get a feel for how horrible a person I'd be if I went
with gem.

.gem is for Ruby gem files (sort of libraries)

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