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[VM] mime decoding

From: Salome Södergran
Subject: [VM] mime decoding
Date: Wed, 09 May 2012 16:08:05 +0200
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I have upgraded my system from Ubuntu 10.04 to 12.04 these days and now
the MIME decoding is no longer working.
I used to have the following lines in my .vm-file which did the job

  (setq vm-mime-base64-decoder-program "mimencode")
  (setq vm-mime-base64-decoder-switches '("-b" "-u"))
  (setq vm-mime-base64-encoder-program "mimencode")
  (setq vm-mime-base64-encoder-switches '("-b"))

The metamail-package (to which mimencode belongs) seems to be no longer
maintained and is no longer to be found in the ubuntu repositories.
I installed mpack and substituted the above lines with:
  (setq vm-mime-base64-decoder-program "munpack")
  (setq vm-mime-base64-encoder-program "mpack")

Now I get the message "Did not find anything to unpack from standard
input". The decoding works allright if I save the message first and do
"munpack filename" in the terminal. But of course the internal decoding
is handier.
I have not changed other variables that have an influence on MIME
messages; e.g. the following are set as they were before:
(setq vm-auto-decode-mime-messages t)
(setq vm-auto-displayed-mime-content-types '("text" "image/jpeg" "multipart"))
(setq vm-mime-internal-content-types '("text" "message" "image/jpeg")) 
(setq vm-mime-text/html-handler 'auto-select)

The encoding seems to be working fine with mpack.

What is the recommended way to handle MIME messages in VM nowadays?


Salome Södergran
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