[Mailman-Users] Long subject lines get extra padding from mailman

Miles Waller miles at jamkit.com
Mon Dec 20 12:50:13 CET 2004


I have verified this problem in mailman versions 2.1.2 and 2.1.5.  The 
problem seems to be that the second and subsequent lines of a long 
header are indented when they are folded onto new lines.  From my basic 
testing, the isseu seems to be related to the presence of the indents, 
rather than the actual line breaks.

The impact is that several mail clients (tested thunderbird 0.9, outlook 
express 5.5, outlook 2000) try faithfully to display all the extra 
spaces between words, causing a gap to appear in the subject line which 
can be quite noticeable in certain circumstances.

Here is a sample of the headers:

Return-Path: <previewlist-text-bounces at asdf.com>
Received: from localhost.localdomain ([]) by asdf.com
	(8.12.8/8.12.8) with ESMTP id iBKBXGeT024208 (version=TLSv1/SSLv3
	cipher=DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA bits=256 verify=NO) for <asdf at asdft.com>;
	Mon, 20 Dec 2004 11:33:16 GMT
Received: from localhost.localdomain (localhost.localdomain []) by
	localhost.localdomain (8.12.11/8.12.11) with ESMTP id iBKBReIa008262 for
	<asdf at asdf.com>; Mon, 20 Dec 2004 11:27:40 GMT
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004 11:27:40 GMT
Message-Id: <200412201127.iBKBReIa008262 at localhost.localdomain>
To: asdfm at asdf.com
From: asdf at jasdf.com
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
Subject: This is a really long subject line. The quick brown fox jumped
	over the lazy dog, but the dog wasn't so lazy after all! The fox had roused
	a sleeping giant, so to speak, and that dog jumped right up and bit him on
	the behind! Not quick enough, Mr Fox!
X-BeenThere: previewlist-text at localhost.localdomain
X-Mailman-Version: 2.1.5
Precedence: list
Sender: previewlist-text-bounces at asdf.com
Errors-To: previewlist-text-bounces at asdf.com
X-MailScanner-Information: Please contact the ISP for more information
X-MailScanner: Found to be clean
Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

Is this a bug in mailman, or is it something in the list settings that I can change?
Has anyone else had this problem, and how have they worked round it?



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