On Wed, 17 Aug 2005, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> On Wed, 17 Aug 2005, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> > 
> > 2) Teach it to understand MIME, and not treat the MIME headers like part 
> > of the message.
> [...]
> 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'd say that QP and the MIME/alternate formats are not really the fault of 
the sender, but rather the mailer. So there might be value in supporting 
at least these, to make the life of maintainers easier.


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