[Mailman-Users] Attachment downloading

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Sat Jun 14 20:53:21 CEST 2008

Bill Bedford wrote:

>I have a mailing list where any attachments are scrubbed. This for the 
>most part works very well, however some list member have complained 
>that they are not are to save images when they are viewed from the url 
>presented at the bottom of a message. The image will open in a web 
>browser, but attempts to save the image seem to result in either an 
>error message or an empty file. It seem that this occurs only to PC 
>users, Mac users have no difficulty in saving to disk.

This is normally a function of the MUA (mail client) viewing the
message or the web browser viewing the message in the archive, but
Mailman might be involved if the link to the stored attachment doesn't
have a 'correct' extension. Depending on the attachment's name and
MIME type in the original message and Mailman's configuration, images
can get stored with an extension such as '.bin' which is inappropriate
for the content.

>Can anyone offer an explanation I could pass on to my members, and a 
>work round, if there is one.

The explananation depends on the MUA involved. One potential
work-around is to view the archived message with a web browser and
right-click the link to the attachment and chose 'save target' or
whatever the browser calls it. Then it may be necessary to edit the
extension (e.g., change .bin to .jpg) as appropriate for the actual

It's hard to be more specific without more detail such as the Name: and
Type: and the extension in the URL: from the 'non-text attachment was
scrubbed' message.

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

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