[Mailman-Users] Issue with text to Mailman list serve
Darren G Pifer
dpifer at odu.edu
Thu Jan 15 17:44:54 CET 2009
Mark Sapiro wrote:
> Brad Knowles wrote:
>>> One of our list serve administrators is experiencing an issue with one of
>>> her listserves.
> If it's a Listserv(r) list, why are you posting here :)
> (Listserv(r) is a registered trademark owned by the developer of a
> particular email list management product, and it shouldn't be used
Yea, it is incorrect to use listserve but it is common amongst our users so
I have assimilated to use the same terminology :( It is a Mailman list.
>>> Here is her description of the issue. She is sending
>>> text to her listserve which is a moderated list. She approves the
>>> message but as a member of the list, the email is received with 3
>>> attachments: ATT00001.c, ATT00002.htm, and ATT00003.c. The
>>> administrator has 2 other lists and when she sends text, she receives
>>> them as text. She would like email sent as text to be received as text.
>> The only time I've heard of anything like this is when there are different
>> character sets being used in some of the headers or footers (sometimes space
>> characters), thus causing the different parts of the message to be put in
>> different MIME body parts (as described in FAQ 4.39 at
>> You could try deleting all list-specific headers and footers and re-creating
>> them, this time making sure that you don't put in any non-ASCII characters.
>> Or maybe you've got ASCII characters in there, but there are non-ASCII
>> characters in the submitted message, such as accented characters in
>> someone's name or signature?
>> Other than that, I have no idea how this kind of thing would happen.
> The .htm extension on the middle "attachment" which I assume is the
> message body indicates she is not sending a text/plain message but
> rather a text/html message, and content filtering is not removing the
> html part or converting it to plain text. The other "attachments" are
> probably the msg_header and msg_footer as Brad suggests. The FAQ Brad
> references is the relevant one. The difference between lists may be
> that this is the only one that adds msg_header and msg_footer.
As Brad wrote, I found some non-ascii characters in the introduction
from the general options for the list so I removed them. I asked the
list admin to send
another message to the list. BTW, I asked the admin to add me as a
member so I can
see what is happening.
> I may not have this exactly right, but the only way to know for sure is
> to see a raw message from the list or at least the content of the
> three "attachments"
If this does not resolve the issue, I will add the attachments in my
next email to
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