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[Nmh-workers] default Content-Type boundary value?

From: Anthony J. Bentley
Subject: [Nmh-workers] default Content-Type boundary value?
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:09:12 -0700


I use the MARC.info mailing list archive a lot. It's referred to very
frequently by a few projects, including OpenBSD.

I noticed a problem with their handling of attachments from nmh:


I narrowed it down to the following header in mails with attachments
(which I generate with "attach" at the whatnow prompt):

  Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary="----- =_aaaaaaaaaa0"

I ran "mime" and then replaced the boundary value in the header and
body with what I've seen in GMail emails:

  Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary=0016e68fcec4ab7a4004b3f7d05a

This email was interpreted correctly:


I'm guessing this is a bug in the MARC.info software, and I sent a bug
report to the operators. But in the interest of pragmatism, would it
make sense for nmh to pick a boundary value that is less likely to
trigger bugs in other software?

Anthony J. Bentley

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