This matter of attachments raises several interesting questions.
First, do you want attachments? I've polled the members of lists that I
run and they are strongly opposed to them -- after all, you can also
file them so that they can retrieve them with the "get" command or by
anonymous ftp. One can filter out most of them with various entries in
taboo_bodies, so that they bounce, and you can deal with them
What I sometimes do with messages that are too important to reject out
of hand is simply delete the attachments. When the file bounces, in
addition to approving it I edit out the chaff at the bottom, perhaps
adding "Attachment deleted".
How much effort you want to put into this is of course an individual
decision, and depends on the list.
>I'm manager of several moderated lists and I encountered many problems
>related to the use of attachement files. These problems are due to the
>fact that majordomo add the extra headers in front of the message, and
>then it isn't able to distinguish and manage the different kinds/parts
>Untill now I've done many operation by hand to approve the messages with
>attachement. But this method is not efficient and is too time consuming.
>I'm looking for a better solution. Did somebody already implement a
>filter/script to clean the headers in a reliable way (Or other
>I appreciate any hint.
>Thank you in advance.
>Service Telematique et Communication
>Universite Libre de Bruxelles
Bill Silvert, Habitat Ecology Section, Bedford Institute of Oceanography,
P. O. Box 1006, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CANADA B2Y 4A2, Tel. (902)426-1577