[Mailman-Users] Some archived mesages don't display properly

Paul F. Williams paul.williams at uwex.edu
Wed Jan 14 19:22:37 CET 2004

I still am experiencing problems (at least it appears to be
a problem) with the archiving of email messages to lists.

We are running mailman-2.1.1-4 on redhat 9 with all the latest

The problem occurs when some subscribers send certain mime encoded
messages to a list.

When the email gets delivered to a subscriber via
the list  it looks fine.
But when it gets archived, the main body of the message is
not displayed.

If you actually take a look at the list.mbox/list.mbox file
the body of the message is there, it just doesn't display.

One sample message has the following content lines

Content-Type: multipart/related;


This message is in MIME format. Since your mail reader does not understand
this format, some or all of this message may not be legible.

Content-Type: multipart/alternative;

Content-Type: text/plain

The message that does not appear in the archive
is listed here.

Content-Type: text/html

This section now contains the formatted message
but it also does not appear in the archive.


Content-Type: image/jpeg;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
Content-Disposition: attachment;
Content-ID: <111570316 at 08012004-2C25>

encoded file here


This last part has a link to the jpp file
and when you click on the link the jpeg is


So is there something wrong with the archiver
program.  Or is there something I can be doing.

I have experimented with Eudora 5.2 in sending messages
to our lists.  When you send messages you can select
"Plain", "Styled", or "Plain and Styled".

We also get a log of email sent from Microsoft mailers
which may have different Content-Type headers.

Each one seems to be archived differently.
So far I have not been able to identify what is really
going on.

I have mentioned to the listowner who brought this to my
attention, that the best I could do for now is to
tell the members not to send mime encoded messages.

By the way,  attachments seem to work correctly.

I welcome anyone's assistance.


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