[Mailman-Users] File attachement problems after install Mailman

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Wed Aug 18 02:24:10 CEST 2004

Mailing Caranta wrote:

>Oki, you're right, I changed a few things, and, even though I don't get why
>it didn't work, I can send mail to my users normally ...
>Except when it come to be sent to a mailman list address :(
>When I do this, I get once again the uuencoded attachement as raw text in
>the body.
>I noticed this, in the cource of the sent mail :
>Return-Path: <lechat-bounces at caranta.com>
>Received: from minixer.caranta.com (localhost.localdomain [])
>	by caranta.com (8.12.8/8.11.6) with ESMTP id i7HNFcqP003544;
>	Wed, 18 Aug 2004 01:15:38 +0200
>Received: from caranta.com (minixer.lan.local [])
>	by caranta.com (8.12.8/8.11.6) with ESMTP id i7HNF9qP003510
>	for <lechat at caranta.com>; Wed, 18 Aug 2004 01:15:09 +0200
>Received: (from arthur at localhost)
>	by caranta.com (8.12.8/8.12.5/Submit) id i7HNF8g9003508
>	for lechat at caranta.com; Wed, 18 Aug 2004 01:15:08 +0200
>Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 01:15:08 +0200
>From: Arthur CARANTA <arthur at caranta.com>
>Message-Id: <200408172315.i7HNF8g9003508 at caranta.com>
>To: lechat at caranta.com
>X-caranta.com-MailScanner: Found to be clean, Found to be clean
>X-caranta.com-MailScanner-SpamCheck: not spam (whitelisted),
>	SpamAssassin (score=-3.234, required 5, autolearn=not spam, AWL
>	BAYES_00 -4.90), not spam (whitelisted),
>	SpamAssassin (score=2.923, required 5, AWL -4.91,
>	UPPERCASE_50_75 0.00, V_NO_VOWEL_7 0.70, V_NO_VOWEL_8 1.10,
>	V_NO_VOWEL_9 0.50, V_VERY_LONG_WORD_2 0.50)
>Subject: [Lechat] [2004-08-18] Le chat du jour
>X-BeenThere: lechat at www.caranta.com
>X-Mailman-Version: 2.1.5
>Precedence: list
>Reply-To: lechat at caranta.com
>List-Id: lechat.www.caranta.com
>List-Unsubscribe: <http://minixer.caranta.com/mailman/listinfo/lechat>,
>	<mailto:lechat-request at www.caranta.com?subject=unsubscribe>
>List-Post: <mailto:lechat at www.caranta.com>
>List-Help: <mailto:lechat-request at www.caranta.com?subject=help>
>List-Subscribe: <http://minixer.caranta.com/mailman/listinfo/lechat>,
>	<mailto:lechat-request at www.caranta.com?subject=subscribe>
>Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary="===============1423464382=="
>Sender: lechat-bounces at caranta.com
>Errors-To: lechat-bounces at caranta.com
>X-caranta.com-MailScanner-Information: Please contact the ISP for more
>X-MailScanner-From: lechat-bounces at www.caranta.com
>Voici le chat du 2004-08-18
>begin 664 2004-08-18- Le chat.jpg
>M#!D2$P\4'1H?'AT:'!P@)"XG("(L(QP<*#<I+#`Q-#0T'R<Y/3 at R/"XS-#+_
>(...cut here...)
>Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
>MIME-Version: 1.0
>Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
>Content-Disposition: inline
>Lechat mailing list
>Lechat at www.caranta.com
>The mailing list bottom lines are seen as attahced files, whereas the pic
>itself doesn't ...
>I have never ever tryied this before, but is it possible that MIME and
>uuencode attachements are in the very same email ?

For information on why the footer is a separate MIME part, see the FAQ
(http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/faqw-mm.py) article 4.39.

Part of the problem is that uuencoded files are not, strictly speaking,
attachments at all. They are just plain ASCII text which may be
embedded in a plain text message or in a text/plain part of a
multipart MIME message or may be, in some pathological cases, a
separate MIME part.

How a uuencoded file in received e-mail is rendered is decided by the
MUA that reads the mail. Some MUAs just display the raw uuencoded file
as text which is what it is, at least in the MIME sense. Other MUAs
recognize it and call it an attachment and are prepared to decode it.
This is apparently what happens in your case if the uuencoded file is
in a simple text/plain message, but not if it is in a text/plain part
of a multipart MIME message.

Mark Sapiro <msapiro at value.net>       The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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