MUA questions

Ingo Klöcker ingo.kloecker at
Fri Feb 6 00:56:26 CET 2004

On Friday 06 February 2004 00:17, Ryan Malayter wrote:
> [Atom 'Smasher']
> > i thought that email is only supposed to be 7-bit
> Extended SMTP (ESMTP) has supported the "8BIT" command for many many
> years. This allows the transsport of unencoded binary data across
> mail streams. See RFC-3030 for the latest on this.
> Similarly, the RFC-2045, which is the latest that descibes MIME
> types, defines several different Content-Transfer-Encodings for mail
> messages. Two of these are "8bit" and "Binary", which mean basically
> mean "raw data".

Yeah, in a perfectly RFC compliant world there would be no 8-bit 
problem. But in the real world there are still buggy MTAs that remove 
the 8th bit from 8-bit messages.

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