[rescue] Corrupted list messages

Mike Meredith very at zonky.org
Thu Sep 30 07:39:09 CDT 2021


On Thu, 30 Sep 2021 06:56:54 -0500 (CDT), Jonathan Patschke wrote:
> Interesting.  Can it do this as part of the SMTP transaction, or does
> it bounce the message later?

There's very little you can't do at the SMTP stage with a reasonably
flexible MTA and enough critter-time to implement it. 

I would suggest that stripping the 8th bit was a not totally
unreasonable measure in olden days but it may be worth re-considering
given that it isn't entirely standards complient. But I'll admit that
I'm in general opposed to messing with message bodies. 

> There is a far more sinster basis for interoperability--one that
> quickly displaces published standards: corporate fiat.  Despite all

Indeed. As email has become more important, PHBs are paying more
attention to it and it's very often a case of "Don't bore me with all
that technical shit; just do it." despite the technical shit making it
all work in the first place.

> But I'm sure if we all used their awful services (including their
> bloated top-posting Javascript-based MUAs) so they could use our every

I once had someone complain about my in-line replies and trying to
explain how experienced he was with email; he went silent when I
pointed out that I'd been doing email since before he was born :)

Mike Meredith (http://zonky.org/)
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