[Mailman-Users] Word Wrap

Barry Finkel b19141 at anl.gov
Tue Aug 18 17:24:35 CEST 2009

On 8/17/2009, Adrean Clark (cs at clercscar.com) wrote:
> Also notice in the first sentence of the article a > sign was added.
> It's not in the original -- where did that come from? Thanks for all
> your help.
> ...
> >From Little Girls Point, we headed ...

This is standard MBOX formatting rules.  The beginning of each mail
message in an mbox-formatted file has this

     From user at example.com Mon Jul 27 20:15:30 2009

The first five characters in this line are

     "From "

This separates this message from the one above it.  I do not
remember if there needs to be a null or blank line before this
separator line.  Because of this, any line in the body of the mail
that begins with "From " (note the upper-case "F") must be changed
so that the line does not get treated as an mbox-separator line.
The convention is to prefix the line with ">", as you saw.  A
blank character would have also worked.

Note that persons frequently post problems with creating/re-building
a Mailman list archive.  These problems sometimes are caused by
"From " lines that are not separators but which have not been modified
per the mbox "standard".

Also note that this is not a "word wrap" problem, as implied in the
"Subject" line.
Barry S. Finkel
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