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procmail support

procmail support

Posted Nov 26, 2010 0:54 UTC (Fri) by brianomahoney (guest, #6206)
Parent article: Reports of procmail's death are not terribly exaggerated

There is absolutely nothing wrong with procmail, and yes, it is DONE.

If we start talking "abandonware" we have lost the plot, OSS is like an old book, we just need reference/copyright libraries so all copies dont get lost.

In the case of procmail its really useful so the pay-for-distros RedHat, SuSE, ... should man up and take responsibility for long term support, even if it only takes the form of a Free Beer for some older/retired developer to do the security patches.

Just when Linux is getting real traction in the embedded space we do not want to screw our server, super-computer or desktop users.

Abandoning useful code, gratuitous breakage and the un-necessary and capricous glibc 'romprement gratuite d'année' ie the memcpy debacle ...Yes SSE code can be used fore something.


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procmail support

Posted Nov 26, 2010 10:00 UTC (Fri) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784) [Link]

Ed Blackman noted that procmail cannot correctly handle MIME headers adhering to RFC 2047 (which include non-ASCII text), despite the fact that RFC 2047 dates back to 1996. RFC 2047-formatted headers are far from mandatory, but they do continue to rise in frequency.

Looks like there's something wrong with procmail.

procmail support

Posted Dec 2, 2010 12:28 UTC (Thu) by robbe (subscriber, #16131) [Link]

To be fair, rfc2047-style headers are fully backward compatible. My procmail installations work through a lot of mail including theses header extensions without any problems.

Special handling is only needed if you want to modify and/or extract the mail headers via a natural format. E.g. the result of
$ formail -I "Subject: i am naïve"
will not be compliant with rfc2047, and
$ formail -x Subject
will *not* undo any encoding and just return the raw header content. Not a big deal, I think.


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