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Re: C++ PATCH: Tree dumper

On Nov 21, 2001, Jason Molenda <> wrote:

> Besides which, our wonderful web archives (All Hail Mhonarc) will
> decode and save aside any attachment with a disposition of attachment
> into a text file.

Would it be possible for it to save aside inline parts of type
text/x-patch, without preventing them from being displayed inline?  Or
having all MIME parts saved separately, for that matter?

> For instance, Andreas Schwab sends e-mails with a charset of
> iso-8859-15 and his Content-Transfer-Encoding is quoted-printable.

It should be possible to encode iso-8859-15 as 8bit.

In any case, GCC sources are pure ASCII, so it should be possible to
encode at least the patches as 7bit.

> We could blame this on his MUA or on his language :-), but MIME is
> hidden from most users and expecting people to understand what their
> MUA is doing under the covers doesn't seem too useful.

If they don't know how to configure their MUA so as to post MIME
properly, better have them to send patches as plain text.  If they
fail to follow the guidelines, worse for them, because their patches
may take longer to be reviewed.

> I think anything stronger than "Guidance for posting patches in
> MIME mail notes" is going to cause flame wars as people innocently
> violate the rules.

We don't have to be too strict about the rules.  But we don't want
people posting message/partials, nor alternates of html, enriched-text
and plain text :-)  We just want to avoid making it more difficult for
a patch reviewer to review patches.

Alexandre Oliva   Enjoy Guarana', see
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