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How to configure mod_deflate to serve gzipped assets prepared with assets:precompile

When running the assets:precompile rake task, gzipped versions of your app's assets are created. According to the Rails guide for the asset pipeline, you can configure your web server (in my case Apache 2.2) to serve these precompressed files instead of having the web server do the work.

What I can't figure out is how to get mod_deflate configured so that these files are served instead of being double-compressed and then served?

I have mod_deflate enabled via httpd.conf:

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/plain text/xml text/css text/javascript
BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4 gzip-only-text/html
BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4\.0[678] no-gzip
BrowserMatch \bMSIE !no-gzip !gzip-only-text/html

And I've converted the code on the rails guide to go into the .htaccess in public/assets:

# Some browsers still send conditional-GET requests if there's a
# Last-Modified header or an ETag header even if they haven't
# reached the expiry date sent in the Expires header.

Header unset Last-Modified
Header unset ETag
FileETag None

# RFC says only cache for 1 year

ExpiresActive On
ExpiresDefault "access plus 1 year"

# Serve gzipped versions instead of requiring Apache to do the work

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}.gz -s
RewriteRule ^(.+) $1.gz [L]

# without it, Content-Type will be "application/x-gzip"

<FilesMatch .*\.css.gz>
    ForceType text/css

<FilesMatch .*\.js.gz>
    ForceType text/javascript

Any ideas how to set this up properly?