[Mailman-Users] unknown encoding crashes qrunner

Stephen J. Turnbull stephen at xemacs.org
Thu Oct 6 10:21:58 CEST 2005

>>>>> "Ivan" == Ivan Fetch <ifetch at du.edu> writes:

    Ivan> I'm confused as to why the unknown encoding is "unknown" -
    Ivan> can someone shed light on this?

Probably because some less-than-conformant agent put that literal
string in a Content-Type header.  Try grepping the spool for
"charset=unknown" (or just "unknown") and look carefully at the
message found.  I've seen that "charset" in spam messages (at least).

BTW, from Mailman's (actually, Mailman just passes the buck to Python)
point of view, it's unknown because there is no codec (character
encoder/decoder modules) for a charset named "unknown".  You'd run
into the same thing if the charset were, say, "hellspark".  I get this
kind of thing all the time (in a different Python application) because
Mac OS X defaults to "X-Mac-Japanese" in my locale.  :-(

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