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Re: Any chance of getting gnus to handle mime attachments?

From: Karl Kleinpaste
Subject: Re: Any chance of getting gnus to handle mime attachments?
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2005 13:47:50 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.110004 (No Gnus v0.4) XEmacs/21.5-b20 (linux)

Ed Hartnett <> writes:
> Could you please elaborate?
> What is the boundary supposed to look like?

In the header, Content-Type provides the boundary between message
parts.  That string must appear exactly in the next part.  Your sample
message claims a Content-Type boundary string which is unrelated to
the boundary strings actually in the body.

This is a prime example of Gnus' overachieving in MIME; Gnus actually
obeys the spec.  If a message has been generated by a buggy origin
agent, tough: Gnus will deal with it on its merits.  Gnus will not
guess at what might appear, to fuzzy human thinking, to be a proper
MIME indicator.  (For example, older Netscape mail would intuit
MIMEness in the absence of MIME-Version -- grotesquely wrong behavior.)

At a guess, the sender's mailer botched the recursive MIMEness of a
forwarded message which in turn had its own MIME content.  "Oops."
Many mailers have a broken concept of "forwarding" in which they
neglect to include _all_ the headers necessary to preserve the
message's MIME content descriptors and indicate their own content.

Tell the sender to get a real mailer.  One that doesn't generate garbage.

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