[Mailman-Users] Formatting incoming mail in Mailman

Hank van Cleef vancleef at lostwells.net
Sat Feb 13 19:33:00 CET 2010

The esteemed Mark Sapiro has said:
> Hank van Cleef wrote:
> >I just sent a message to my list from a webmail account, and got an
> >empty text body in what was sent out from the list.  Sent a second
> >message to a user account which I read with elm to see what's in 
> >the message body.  
> >
> >This is all of what comes through sendmail into the mbox:
> >
> >
> >
> ><DIV style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif; font-size:10pt;"><FONT
> >size="2"><SPAN
> > style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif;">send a line or two of text to
> >see what t
> >his sob sends.<BR></SPAN></FONT></DIV>
> Really? No headers at all? Or is this just some elm view of the message
> body?
> Look at the mbox with vi and look at everything from the "From "
> separator through the end of the message.
Here's the whole message from the spool file:

>From vancleef at wyoming.com Sat Feb 13 07:57:07 2010
Return-Path: <vancleef at wyoming.com>
Received: from omta0109.mta.everyone.net (imta-38.everyone.net [])
	by julie.lostwells.net (8.13.8+Sun/8.13.8) with ESMTP id o1DEv6c8020571
	for <vancleef at lostwells.net>; Sat, 13 Feb 2010 07:57:06 -0700 (MST)
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	for <vancleef at lostwells.net>; Sat, 13 Feb 2010 06:57:06 -0800 (PST)
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Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 06:57:06 -0800
From: <vancleef at wyoming.com>
To: <vancleef at lostwells.net>
Subject: See what's in this mail
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<DIV style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif; font-size:10pt;"><FONT size="2"><SPAN style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif;">send a line or two of text to see what this sob sends.<BR></SPAN></FONT></DIV>

(EOM implicit here)
> >Note that it's HTML, but with no mime type indicator of any sort.
> >
> >I have Mailman content filtering for this list set to filter the
> >content (yes), remove attachments that don't match standard mime
> >types, collapse alternatives, convert html to text, and discard 
> >messages meeting the filtering rules.
> Presumably you are using pass_mime_types to remove the 'non-matching'
> types. What's in pass_mime_types?

(copied from the options page):

> What is your HTML_TO_PLAINTEXT_COMMAND setting? Is this the problem
> described at
> <http://mail.python.org/pipermail/mailman-users/2003-January/025373.html>?
This may be part of the problem, as the line in Defaults.py has not
been overridden to point to where I have a lynx on the system.

I've added to mm_cfg.py the line:
HTML_TO_PLAIN_TEXT_COMMAND = '/usr/local/bin/lynx -dump %(filename)s'

which is the Defaults.py line change to point to the correct

julie:vancleef:$ which lynx

julie:vancleef:$ lynx -version
Lynx Version 2.8.5rel.1 (04 Feb 2004)
Built on solaris2.9 Dec 20 2006 19:54:22

julie:vancleef:$ ls -l /usr/local/bin/lynx
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root     other    1892964 Dec 20  2006

Checking logs, I don't get a grep hit on "lynx" in either syslog or 
the Mailman logs.  Checking mailman/logs/error, I have a line
Feb 13 07:52:07 2010 (296) HTML->text/plain error: 256
This matches the timestamp on the incoming webmail post.

That build of lynx isn't used anywhere else on my system.  Are there
any other install considerations needed?  The e-mail you refenced
flagged lynx as a potential problem, but seems to be primarily about
a Linux distro and /tmp.  

I've restarted Mailman with the new line in mm_cfg.py, and will


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