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[debbugs-tracker] bug#31590: closed (25.1; malformed email address in RM

From: GNU bug Tracking System
Subject: [debbugs-tracker] bug#31590: closed (25.1; malformed email address in RMAIL)
Date: Fri, 25 May 2018 08:52:02 +0000

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regarding 25.1; malformed email address in RMAIL
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--- Begin Message --- Subject: 25.1; malformed email address in RMAIL Date: Fri, 25 May 2018 10:54:14 +0700

When trying to read the new messages in RMAIL, I get the error
"Malformed email address" on one message (it did happen in the past,
once every 2 years maybe). As a consequence, messages following the
malformed one cannot be read and no message is deleted from the INBOX,
resulting in reading the same messages over and over again.

This time I managed to identify and keep a copy of the
concerned message.

I am reading my mail through POP3, with movemail installed as part of

Emacs installation is pretty standard, build from FreeBSD ports.

Trying to read the same message with Thunderbird (POP3 and IMAP) did not
give any error message.

I have been using Emacs for over 30 years and I have always been
completely happy with it, but that bug bugs me.

Attached is a copy of the message.

Best regards,



Attachment: 1527175267.96401_1.mail.cs.ait.ac.th:2,S
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 of 2017-03-07 built on banyan.cs.ait.ac.th
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Major mode: RMAIL Summary

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Recent messages:
Showing message 906...done
Showing message 906...done
Getting mail from the remote server ...
movemail: cannot append message 1: Malformed email address
(No new mail has arrived)
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0 new messages read
Showing message 906...done
Showing message 906...done
Showing message 906...done

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--- End Message ---
--- Begin Message --- Subject: Re: bug#31590: 25.1; malformed email address in RMAIL Date: Fri, 25 May 2018 11:51:54 +0300
[Please keep the bug address on the CC line.]

> From: Olivier Nicole <address@hidden>
> Date: Fri, 25 May 2018 15:39:08 +0700
> It is not in mbox format because my sever uses maildir, but it is the
> exact file that would be queried by movemail from the POP server and
> happened to ~/RMAIL.

Well, then I'm afraid I don't see why movemail complained about an
invalid address.

> > From your bug report, I see that the "Malformed email address"
> > message comes from the movemail program, not from Emacs.  I don't
> > find such a message in the version of movemail we distribute with
> > Emacs, and since you say you have Mailutils installed, I guess you
> > should report this problem to the Mailutils developers.
> Thank you, I will do so. I don't remember why I installed movemail
> from Mailutils, but there must have been an excellent reason. :)

Probably because Mailutils support secure POP3 connections, something
our version doesn't.  So you did right when you installed Mailutils.

However, the current version of Mailutils is 3.4, so maybe try
upgrading and see if the issue is already fixed.

> Thank you for looking at the problem.

I'm closing this bug report for now.  Feel free to reopen if the
problem turns out to be in Emacs after all.

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