[Bug 266317] Re: attachments archived even when archiving disabled

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Fri Oct 1 18:57:59 CEST 2010

The question is what to do? The attachments are not really stored "in
the archive". They are just stored in a web accessible place with a
known, hopefully valid URL. In fact, if the list does do archiving and
is digestible, the scrubbed attachments are stored twice, once for the
archive and linked from the archive and once for the digest and linked
from the digest. (This duplication probably is a bug, but not one I know
how to fix for MM 2.1.)

If the list is digestable, any MIME parts which are not text/plain with
known character set cannot be directly included in the plain (RFC 1153)
format digest. They either have to be stored aside in some accessible
place and linked from the digest, or a note can be put in the digest
that an attachment has been removed and if you want attachments in the
future switch to messages or the MIME digest, or the attachments can be
silently ignored. I suppose this choice could be a site or list setting,
instead of being fixed at the first alternative, but I think this is
properly called a design decision, not a bug.

attachments archived even when archiving disabled
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