[Mailman-Users] List and attachments

Arlen Walker WebHead at wi.rr.com
Mon Aug 4 18:15:44 CEST 2003

On Monday, August 4, 2003, at 01:27  AM, Ram Prasad wrote:

> I have a mailman list to which if I send a word doc, it gets stored at
> .bin in the archives. What do I need to make it store as a normal .doc
> file ?

I've asked that question in a couple of different forms on this list, 
and the general lack of answers I've received (Tom Crummey has been the 
only responder) leads me to this conclusion: You can't, unless you use 
third-party archive software such as hypermail or MhonArc.

There's a potential security risk in storing executable attachments 
without changing their names, so I can understand the desire not to 
preserve names of attachments, but if one is aware of the risks and 
plans other methods for handling them, the risk is minimal. Meanwhile, 
there are a lot of deranged email clients roaming the planet that even 
send *text* attachments as application/octet-stream, which the current 
pipermail archives oh-so-helpfully rename to .exe files, feeding all 
sorts of paranoid fantasies among list members.

Even letting the the file name change like it does currently but keeping 
the extension intact would have been useful; the current system is 
nearly useless.

Have fun,

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