MIME (was: The hidden fox)

Tomas Fasth tomas.fasth at twinspot.net
Mon Jun 8 18:55:18 CEST 1998

James A. Donald wrote:
> A hint as to the location of this MIME parser source code would be
> helpful.

Take a look at <http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/infosys/mail/>.
At least metamail and c-client (part of the pine distribution) are
general purpose MIME parsing software and compiles on most platforms.
Several other of the listed software contains MIME parsing routines as
For a more up-to-date version of c-client, take a look at University of
Washington's imap server, c-client is part of that distribution. Visit
<http://www.washington.edu/imap/>, follow the link at the UW Server
paragraph for download.

> (And please do not tell me "look up the RFC".  Nothing very useful, or
> even very intelligible, seems to be in the RFCs about MIME.)

The RFCs are the blueprints of Internet and as such useful in the sense
that everybody are supposed to follow their guidelines in order to
achieve global interoperability. The MIME RFCs may be boring to read,
but they are definetely engineered by intelligent people.

Can you clearify why you think RFCs are not very useful or even
intelligible? May be you have a problem with the language or to
understand the context?

Maybe you should hold yourself from harsh criticism for a while and
first try to find out the reasons behind why RFCs are as they are.
Because despite your assertion above, the RFCs (as published by IETF)
are the main reason why the Internet really works on a global level.


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