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Re: [Nmh-workers] When send does not recognize a mime type

From: Jon Steinhart
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] When send does not recognize a mime type
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:09:55 -0700

Ken Hornstein writes:
> >I guess I kinda believe the opposite. For example send won't send a
> >message if it doesn't understand any of the addressees. I think that's
> >a good thing. The general philosophy of mh was (contrary to the UNIX
> >philosophy) that if anything is wrong do nothing. For various reasons
> >some commands (for example, sortm -- with good reason) ,violate that
> >rule, but at least it's a goal.
> Here's my problem with that ... is an "unknown" file suffix "something
> wrong"?  Or does it really mean "send as generic binary data"?
> Everybody should be able to at least save application/octet-stream
> to their local filesystem and can then do whatever they want with
> it.  Also, I'm wondering what other mail programs do when they're
> asked to send MIME content with an unrecognized file extension; it
> might be worthwhile to understand what the expected behavior is here.
> --Ken

I agree with Ken here.  There is nothing wrong with unknown file types.
That's covered by the RFCs.

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