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New script for handling of MIME-encoded e-mail

From: Yngve Svendsen
Subject: New script for handling of MIME-encoded e-mail
Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 00:11:09 +0200

I have made a new, and substantially more powerful version of the script that filters MIME-encoded e-mail before it is piped into GNATS. As well as fully decoding headers and bodies of messages, it now handles multi-part messages containing attachments.

It strips out the parts of a message that are not plain text, decoding those parts and saving them to an archive directory. Separate directories are created on-the-fly to hold the contents of each message. A reference is then inserted into the original message, stating the location of the saved file. The parts of the message that were originally in plaintext get their quoted printables translated and are otherwise left alone.

Details, together with the script itself, is available from

We have been running this script in production for a week, and it has behaved perfectly well. However, do read the warnings at the end of the page mentioned.

Yngve Svendsen
IS Engineer
Clustra AS, Trondheim, Norway

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