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Re: [Nmh-workers] message rewrite/fix up

From: Harald Geyer
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] message rewrite/fix up
Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2013 23:51:04 +0100

> Backup (,) message files aren't, either, and I view
> the originals as similar in that respect.  With the Message-ID
> files, the original can be found with an easy grep.

Me too, as I won't keep them anyway.

But those who actually want to keep originals for something
other than just debugging: Will they want to refile etc. them?

I don't know the answer and even if it is "yes", I don't have
a solution. But I think these things should be discussed, otherwise
the next day somebody will come and implement a switch to rmm or some
other existing nmh command to somehow handle originals together with
the message itself.

> > > > I'm also undecided on whether "preferred form" includes
> > > > headers to properly mark the message as 8bit as if it was
> > > > actually sent that way.
> > > 
> > > I hadn't thought about keeping the old C-T-E header when
> > > decoding base64 or Q-P, but I suppose it could.  At this point,
> > > I don't see the value in that, as noted in my message earlier
> > > today about Valdis's observation.
> > 
> > My reasoning was along the line of "what would happen if I packf
> > a bunch of messages in preferred form and open the resulting
> > mbox in some external program". I don't know.
> The C-T-E header must always match the actual content, so
> mhfixmsg adjusts it as necessary.  Messages can still be
> handled by external programs (and nmh programs, of course).
> Maybe I misunderstood your original comment about properly
> marking the message as it was actually sent.  I'm not aware
> of any standard header mechanism to indicate a prior
> encoding.  (And we only have what we received; we don't know
> how the message was originally sent, but I don't think
> that's the concern here.)

Sorry, that's probably my poor english grammar. The question I was
wondering about is: Should messages in "preferred form" have headers

Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

(which I think is the minimum for RFC conform 8bit messages) or should
such headers be stripped. I have come to the conclusion that these
headers are to be present.


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