• Email with multiple parts

    From deon@VERT/ALTERANT to Digital Man on Wed Jun 7 17:51:48 2023
    Hey DM,

    I received an email today with multiple parts:

    $ grep Next msg_5939.txt
    boundary="----=_NextPart_000_008C_01D998A5.F0960690"
    ------=_NextPart_000_008C_01D998A5.F0960690
    boundary="----=_NextPart_001_008D_01D998A5.F0960690"
    ------=_NextPart_001_008D_01D998A5.F0960690
    ------=_NextPart_001_008D_01D998A5.F0960690
    ------=_NextPart_001_008D_01D998A5.F0960690--
    ------=_NextPart_000_008C_01D998A5.F0960690
    ------=_NextPart_000_008C_01D998A5.F0960690--

    but Email -> Read was only showing me the first "001_008D" part of the message. I wasnt aware that there were other parts unless I downloaded the message, ie List -> Select Message -> Download. Even smbutil -rxxx didnt show the full message.

    Should it have shown or otherwise enabled me to download the other parts? This makes email via the BBS unreliable if attachments or other parts of the message are not accessible.

    In case you need it:
    _NextPart_000_008C_01D998A5.F0960690 - Content-Type: multipart/alternative _NextPart_001_008D_01D998A5.F0960690 - Content-Type: text/plain; _NextPart_001_008D_01D998A5.F0960690 - Content-Type: text/html _NextPart_000_008C_01D998A5.F0960690 - Content-Type: text/plain


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  • From Digital Man@VERT to deon on Wed Jun 7 11:05:49 2023
    Re: Email with multiple parts
    By: deon to Digital Man on Wed Jun 07 2023 05:51 pm

    Hey DM,

    I received an email today with multiple parts:

    $ grep Next msg_5939.txt
    boundary="----=_NextPart_000_008C_01D998A5.F0960690"
    ------=_NextPart_000_008C_01D998A5.F0960690
    boundary="----=_NextPart_001_008D_01D998A5.F0960690"
    ------=_NextPart_001_008D_01D998A5.F0960690
    ------=_NextPart_001_008D_01D998A5.F0960690
    ------=_NextPart_001_008D_01D998A5.F0960690--
    ------=_NextPart_000_008C_01D998A5.F0960690
    ------=_NextPart_000_008C_01D998A5.F0960690--

    but Email -> Read was only showing me the first "001_008D" part of the message. I wasnt aware that there were other parts unless I downloaded the message, ie List -> Select Message -> Download.

    Typically there's only one plain-text part (useful for reading in a terminal) per message. But if you want to see all parts, enabling Raw I/O mode (Ctrl-Z) will do that.

    Even smbutil -rxxx didnt show the full message.

    '-rxxx' doesn't ring a bell. "smbutil r[xxx] -r" (where [xxx] is the message number) would display the raw (non MIME-decoded message body).

    Should it have shown or otherwise enabled me to download the other parts?

    I suppose it (msglist.js?) could display an indicator that there are non-visible parts. Some parts (e.g. html, inline images) just aren't very useful to be shown to a terminal user.

    This makes email via the BBS unreliable if attachments or other parts of the message are not accessible.

    In case you need it:
    _NextPart_000_008C_01D998A5.F0960690 - Content-Type: multipart/alternative _NextPart_001_008D_01D998A5.F0960690 - Content-Type: text/plain; _NextPart_001_008D_01D998A5.F0960690 - Content-Type: text/html _NextPart_000_008C_01D998A5.F0960690 - Content-Type: text/plain

    I would expect only the first text/plain part to be pulled from the message body by default.
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