Linus Torvalds <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> The fact is, anybody who doesn't edit the emails that come in is BROKEN.
> There are two kinds of emails:
> - the nicely formatted ones where the author follows all the rules
> This kind of email doesn't need MIME decoding anyway.
That depends on what the rules are, but I consider detecting B
encodings in the header fields and transliterating it into UTF-8
a good idea (although that sometimes is a lossy conversion
depending on the original charset).
Remember this one that prompted me to do the header folding?
From: YOSHIFUJI Hideaki / =?iso-2022-jp?B?GyRCNUhGIzFRTEAbKEI=?=
> - the others
> ..., trying to handle it
> automatically is WRONG WRONG WRONG.
> And if it's mime-encoded you often have trouble editing it anyway.
> Ergo: if somebody sends you mime-encoded patches, hit them with a baseball
> bat (politely) and teach them not to do that. "Fixing" the tools really
> will just make things worse if it means that you apply raw emails without
> having edited them.
I agree with you in principle and that is why I always run
applymbox with the -q flag. Maybe I should start trying the
baseball bat approach to see what happens.
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