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procmail support

procmail support

Posted Nov 26, 2010 10:00 UTC (Fri) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784)
In reply to: procmail support by brianomahoney
Parent article: Reports of procmail's death are not terribly exaggerated

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.

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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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