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Re: [VM] recoding mime parts (was: searching in mime encoded email)

From: Julian Bradfield
Subject: Re: [VM] recoding mime parts (was: searching in mime encoded email)
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:54:32 +0000
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On 2012-01-19, John Hein <address@hidden> wrote:
> I think we should mark the new saved message as 'edited' since it's
> different than the original.  It will also be interesting when
> "illegal" characters appear in the decoding.  We could only allow the
> re-coding for text/ mime, but wrong mime type hints are known to
> happen.  Maybe re-coding to quoted-printable?  Or refuse to recode
> when non-printable characters show up, but that may be hard to do.

What do you mean by an illegal character? Why would you want to stop
decoding of, say, PDFs to binary? It would save time and space later.
The main problem with textual search is that the character encoding
may vary from message to message, and even from part to part within a
MIME message. Because VM folders are, and have to be, binary, you
can't search for non-ASCII characters within a folder. I don't see a
good solution to this, excepting transcoding everything to utf-8
before saving.

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