> 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.
I am on a machine attached to the internet and I use elm. I think maybe
you mean something with a GUI.
There is a mailer called pine which handles mime attachments and runs on
UNIX boxes. I don't know if it handles PGP-mime, but it may be worth a shot.
At any rate, it doesn't show the attachments.
> 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?)
I would think that the FAQ lists in the comp.mail.* Usenet News hierarchy
would be a good place to start, particularly the 9-part comp.mail.mime
FAQ and the 3-part "UNIX Email Software Survey FAQ" in comp.mail.misc.
If Usenet News is not available, they can be accessed at our mirror of
the MIT "RTFM" FAQ archive site. Gopher or ftp to ftp.seas.gwu.edu
and start in the pub/rtfm/comp/mail directory.
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