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=?= 
            <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

>  - 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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