Are .ems attachments necessary?

Thomas Spuhler ThomasSpuhler at
Fri Feb 6 16:30:36 CET 2004

On Thu, 2004-02-05 at 17:47, Todd wrote:
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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
> the bug.
> > 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.

I am actually an Evo user. What attachments or problems are we talking
about? I don't see any .ems attachments.
Of course the inline signature is in plain text, but..

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