At 11:25 AM -0500 1/11/97, Merrill Cook wrote:
>>From Jason L Tibbitts III:
>> The messages I've seen have Content-Type application/pgp-signature as
>> they're supposed to. The top level content-type is "multipart/signed" and
>> all of the fields seem to be as 2015 requires. Why is your mailer showing
>> this as text, or showing it at all if it can't deal with PGP?
>I don't know about anyone else, but my mail reader doesn't know one
>Content-Type from another; it's all just MIME, and it tries to
>show me the attachment. Maybe if everyone on the net had the most
>up-to-date mail readers, this wouldn't be a problem.
>Mime-format Delivery notification is also a real pain with this
>reader. Maybe you can suggest a mail reader that doesn't go into
>slow motion and make me hit extra keystrokes for mime-encoded mail?
>I have nothing better to do than find a new mail reader and
>integrate it into my system. <sigh>
>Also, is there supposed to be some way that mime-encoded delivery
>notification messages are supposed to be parsable by a program?
>I've seen about a dozen different flavors, and a program that
>could parse them all would have to be incredibly complex, and
>probably wouldn't be able to handle others I haven't seen.
> Merrill Cook
> Louisville KY
> email@example.com or MERRILL COOK on Ecunet/PresbyNet
Merrill, I assume you are on a unix system? I guess you also get your mail
through some kind of terminal emulation (i.e., VT100), which makes the
attachment show up as text included in the message.
I think your situation is common. Many people with shell access using the
default mailer provided by the system (you seem to be using elm) are faced
with the same problem.
Unfortunately, short of getting a better connection for your email (workind
directly on a machine attached to the internet, for example), I don't think
there is much you can do, unless you are technically inclined.
Perhaps others can suggest an unix mail program that will at least indicate
an attachment, rather than showing the text equivalent of the file, for
mime types over a VT100 connection (If I haven't got this right, I still
think the question is valid - what should they use, or how do they
configure it, or where should the responsible list-owner point people for
information on configuring the various mailers out there?)
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