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[Pan-users] multipart messages with "application/octet-stream" attachmen

From: John F. Waymouth
Subject: [Pan-users] multipart messages with "application/octet-stream" attachments
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 01:02:55 -0500 (EST)

I frequent a news server that's attached to a web bulletin board.
Attachments to posts are unilaterally converted to MIME/multipart, and their
content-type seems to always be "application/octet-stream", even though
they're always images.  I was under the impression that pan could read
multipart attachments, but it seems to completely ignore them.  I'm using pan
0.14.0 on ( to register).

Is it a lost cause?  So far no linux newsreader I've come across handles
things anywhere close to as well as pan does except mozilla, and even it won't
display these attachments inline.  It's angered me for other reasons, so I'm
hoping to make pan my newsreader of choice if I can get a few problems figured

Here's an example of a message (full text grabbed from Mozilla):

From: Joske <address@hidden>
Newsgroups: PaintShopPro.Graphics
Subject: twirled shape
Date: Mon, 05 Jan 2004 13:58:08 CST
Message-ID: <address@hidden>
X-Mailer: WebBoard
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/mixed;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

This is a multi-part message in MIME format.

Content-Type: text/plain
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

I felt like posting a few graphics - more on this (either
horrible or intrigueing?) shape I posted in the Animation Shop
newsgroup. I use the word intrigueing because it never ceases to
fascinate me how a few layer blend modes and a color, gradient or
pattern can make a world of difference to the same image.


Content-Type: application/octet-stream;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
Content-Disposition: attachment;

[base64 spew follows]

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