Are .ems attachments necessary?
Freedom_Lover at pobox.com
Thu Feb 5 19:47:51 CET 2004
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W. D. wrote:
> I just joined this group a few days ago, and am finding that some of
> the email messages are contained in .ems attachments. I don't
> understand why this is necessary. Can't the text be put in the body
> of email?
Those message do contain text/plain message bodies. Your MUA is
simply not displaying them as such because it does not support the
PGP/MIME RFCs, 2015 and 3156, the latter of which supersedes the
former. AFAIK, there is a PGP plugin available that will allow you to
read and verify these messages, though I have not used Eudora (or
windows for that matter) since the 3.0 or maybe 4.0 days, so my memory
could be shoddy here.
> To me these .ems attachments add a whole level of unnecessary
> complication to the situation.
And to others they alleviate many common problems with inline
signatures. It's a matter of preferences. It's been discussed to
death. Take a look through the archives and search the net for
PGP/MIME and you'll have hours of fun reading.
> Also, I've found that emails from "Alfred M. Szmidt" crash Eudora
> 5.1, so I've had to set up a filter to trash those emails rather
> than having to reboot each time Eudora brings Windows down. (Yes, I
> know Windows is crappy. I have several other computers running
> FreeBSD, & Linux)
It sounds like a bug in Eudora to me. You might want to check if
there's a newer version available. I know that there are 6.0 versions
of Eudora that have been out for some time. If upgrading to that
isn't an option, maybe there's a more recent 5.x series that fixes
> Can anyone explain why these .ems attachments are required?
Required isn't the right word. PGP/MIME is preferred by some users.
Some MUA's simply don't support sending the old inline style of
signatures, Evolution is the only one I can think of at the moment,
but there may be others. I think a decent MUA will be liberal in what
it accepts, meaning that neither inline signatures nor PGP/MIME will
cause the user problems.
Todd OpenPGP -> KeyID: 0xD654075A | URL: www.pobox.com/~tmz/pgp
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