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Re: smtpmail and ~/.authinfo

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: smtpmail and ~/.authinfo
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 20:08:30 +0300

> From: Ted Zlatanov <address@hidden>
> Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 08:21:36 -0500
> I don't think the SMTP interaction should not be the critical factor
> here.  The SMTP library should deal with invalid (for SMTP) characters
> on its side; many other libraries and protocols use `auth-source-search'
> that can handle non-ASCII characters.  In other words, let's not limit
> the capabilities of `auth-source-search' just because one of the users
> can't handle non-ASCII.
> I think authinfo/netrc files should be portable and support Unicode in a
> way that enables other (older or new!) software to use them too.  IMHO
> enforcing UTF-8 encoding is the best way to achieve that.

Fine with me, but then Someoneā„¢ should simultaneously modify smtpmail
(and perhaps also other users of authinfo) to DTRT when communicating
with the SMTP server, whatever "TRT" may mean in this case.  Do one,
but not the other, and we will have a bug waiting to happen on our

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