> I can't tell from RFC822 if Date is a required field or not
> 'cause all that meta notation makes my eyes glaze over.
According to RFC822, the date header is required, but I've never seen an
MTA that would reject a message for lacking a date.
News software is much pickier, and there are lots of header flaws that will
keep a message from passing through a mail to news gateway. I use INN, and
my gateway script checks for invalid message ids, duplicate date or message
id lines, missing subject, and a bunch of other errors like that.
John Levine, email@example.com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies",
Information Superhighwayman wanna-be, http://iecc.com/johnl, Sewer Commissioner
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