[Mailman-Users] mailman 2.1.5 subject line problem

Rimgaudas Laucius rimga at ktl.mii.lt
Mon Aug 30 14:21:52 CEST 2004

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Sapiro" <msapiro at value.net>
To: "Rimgaudas Laucius" <rimga at ktl.mii.lt>; <mailman-users at python.org>
Sent: Saturday, August 28, 2004 6:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] mailman 2.1.5 subject line problem

> Rimgaudas Laucius wrote:
> >
> >i installed mailman 2.1.5 on Linux (rh9).
> >The problem is with letters where are used national characters (8 bit
> >[#128..#255] from baltic cp Windows 1257 or ISOxxxx-13) in subject line.
> >Mailman does not pass such letters (discards them without any message).
> >Earlier version (2.0.14) had not such problem.
> >
> I understand your problem, but the real problem is with your MUA that
> creates a message with characters outside the [#1..#127] range in the
> subject.
> RFC2822 section 2.2 says in part:
>   Header fields are lines composed of a field name, followed by a colon
>   (":"), followed by a field body, and terminated by CRLF.  A field
>   name MUST be composed of printable US-ASCII characters (i.e.,
>   characters that have values between 33 and 126, inclusive), except
>   colon.
> RFC822 uses different language but also restricts the characters to the
> printable US-ASCII range.
> RFC2047 provides a method for encoding characters outside this range
> into message headers using either base64 or quoted-printable encoding.
> This gives headers that look for example like:
>   Subject: =?iso-8859-13?q?Subject= with= =c0= Baltic= character?=
> Of course, there are major problems because not all MUAs create headers
> in this way  and not all MUAs understand them, but this isn't really a
> Mailman issue.
> --
> Mark Sapiro <msapiro at value.net>       The highway is for gamblers,
> San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

We have tested source text of the message sent from our MUA. The subject 
field was


So, all characters in ASCII and this mesaage did not go through Mailman. So the problem is not in MUA.

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