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Re: Mozilla Mail, "Format=Flowed" and Patch Submissions
- From: Per Bothner <per at bothner dot com>
- To: Ranjit Mathew <rmathew at hotmail dot com>
- Cc: java-patches at gcc dot gnu dot org
- Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2003 23:21:46 -0700
- Subject: Re: Mozilla Mail, "Format=Flowed" and Patch Submissions
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Ranjit Mathew wrote:
I had to stop using Mozilla Mail for submitting
patches and switch back to Netscape Messenger 4.8
because Mozilla Mail used to insert an extra space
into lines in a message starting with a space,
completely ruining a patch submission!
It turns out that this is a "feature" and an implementation
of RFC 2646 (in particular, "Format=Flowed") - see:
Well, if like me you are not terribly excited by this
"feature" implementation in Mozilla Mail/News, fortunately
there is a way to completely disable it - enter the
following in your Mozilla "prefs.js"
Or, better, send your patch as an attachment. This does
not get the format=flowed treatment.
There is one problem: a line that starts with "From " is turned
into ">From ", even in an attachment. However, I believe this
is a sendmail bug, not Mozilla's fault. Or rather it's a bug
in the Berkeley mail file format that sendmail stores the mail
messages in. (Suggestions for fixing this welcome: I'm currently
running Red Hat 8 on my server, but will consider switching to
RH 9. The solution must be compatible with imapd, and simple
to switch to.)