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

From: Lyndon Nerenberg
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] When send does not recognize a mime type
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:58:36 -0700

On 2012-09-11, at 6:13 AM, David Levine wrote:

> What to do with a file without an extension (.) in
> its name?  Or not consider that an error?

What we really ought to do is derive the MIME type from the file contents.  I 
realize this means bundling an implementation of magic, but I think it's worth 
the price.  There are several license-compatible implementations out there that 
could be used as a starting point.

As for outright failure for unrecognized types, this really violates POLA.  If 
something is labeled application/octet-stream, at worst it means the content 
might not receive some automated processing by the receiving client.  While 
annoying, perhaps, it's far from fatal.


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