[spambayes-dev] Release 1.0a4

Tim Peters tim.one at comcast.net
Sat Jul 5 13:29:18 EDT 2003

[Anthony Baxter]
> ...
> I know that things like Outlook make reconstructing the original
> message almost impossible

Wholly impossible -- Outlook doesn't save, or expose, the incoming byte
stream.  Instead it breaks it up itself, to fit a convoluted message store
architecture that predates MS support for Internet standards.  In
particular, the original MIME structure, MIME armor, and encodings are
irretrievably lost.  Ironically, Outlook Express does save the incoming byte
stream -- but exposes no programmer interface!  Can't win.

> - I wonder if a debugging config option that saved off messages that
> fail to parse correctly would be helpful here?

We could indeed save away the byte stream the Outlook addin *synthesizes*
out of scattered pieces of the Outlook message store.  It's possible that
our process of synthesizing a MIME message introduces bugs too.

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