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Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh 1.5 question

From: heymanj
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh 1.5 question
Date: Sat, 08 Jun 2013 13:07:33 -0400

On 7 June 2013 at 22:09, David Levine <address@hidden>wrote:

> Jerry wrote:
>> Recently, I was made aware that when I send a null body message, the
>> receiver winds up with a blank Subject: line and all the headers in the
>> body.
> Can you provide more information?  What does the draft look
> like, esp. near the bottom?  Or are you using mhmail?  The
> mhmail in nmh 1.5 is busted.


Using plain old 'comp' on the command line.  Throws me into 'vi' (as
specified in my ~/.mh_profile) and the resulting draft file looks like:

$ cat drafts/,2
To: address@hidden
From: address@hidden
Reply-To: address@hidden
Subject: testing messages

The number of headers in the final delivered email is quite impressive
as acm.org is just an email reflector, but all the stuff that yahoo.com
inserts (yahoo handles the email for AT&T) is rather impressive ...

The end result is that I receive an email from myself (address@hidden)
with a blank Subject: line.  The text of the message is:

Received: from unix.hobbeshollow.com (localhost [])
        by unix.hobbeshollow.com (Postfix) with ESMTP id 08B8CAE0
        for <address@hidden>; Sat,  8 Jun 2013 12:49:35 -0400 (EDT)
To: address@hidden
From: address@hidden
Reply-To: address@hidden
Subject: testing messages
Date: Sat, 08 Jun 2013 12:49:34 -0400
Message-Id: <address@hidden>

Using the Linux mail command (Mailx)

$ mail -s "mail test" address@hidden < /dev/null

gets a return message that includes the same wonderful yahoo headers,
but keeps the Subject: line and the null body.

I don't know that it *is* an nmh issue.  I originally thought it was
the newer version of postfix, but since Mailx doesn't generate the same

> David
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