[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
> > 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
> 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 [22.214.171.124])
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)
Received: from dm0104.mta.everyone.net (sj1-slb03-gw2 [172.16.1.96])
by omta0109.mta.everyone.net (Postfix) with ESMTP id 33D71288402
for <vancleef at lostwells.net>; Sat, 13 Feb 2010 06:57:06 -0800 (PST)
Received: by resin18.mta.everyone.net (EON-PICKUP)
id resin18.4b721e04.106b6; Sat, 13 Feb 2010 06:57:06 -0800
Content-Type: text/html; charset="UTF-8"
Message-Id: <20100213065706.B5C70750 at resin18.mta.everyone.net>
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
<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
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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