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[Nmh-workers] Parsing of dot ('.') in name part of address

From: Wolfgang Denk
Subject: [Nmh-workers] Parsing of dot ('.') in name part of address
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:04:55 +0100


when attempting to send a message which contains an unescaped dot
('.') character in the display-name part of the address list, I get
an error message:

        post: no at-sign after local-part (<) Wolfgang.Denk
        <address@hidden>: No such file or directory, continuing...

This is the relevant line from the test message that trigggers this

>       To: Wolfgang.Denk <address@hidden>

According to my understanding of RFC 5322, the "Wolfgang.Denk" part
is the "display-name", which is just defined as "phrase".

And "4.1.  Miscellaneous Obsolete Tokens" reads:

        The "period" (or "full stop") character (".") ... appears
        here because the period character is currently used in many
        messages in the display-name portion of addresses, especially
        for initials in names, and therefore must be interpreted

Is this a bug in NMH's post command?  Or is my interpretation wrong?

I'm asking because I receive quite a number of messages using such
addresses (all sent from MS Exchanges systems), which then all need
manual editing for reply.


Wolfgang Denk

DENX Software Engineering GmbH,      Managing Director: Wolfgang Denk
HRB 165235 Munich, Office: Kirchenstr.5, D-82194 Groebenzell, Germany
Phone: (+49)-8142-66989-10 Fax: (+49)-8142-66989-80 Email: address@hidden
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