Re: ITP: MimeFilter.
>>>>> JC == Joseph Carter [2001-1-16]
JC> On Tue, Jan 16, 2001 at 06:05:52PM +0100, Davide G. M. Salvetti wrote:
>> Basically, it's a filter that strips unwanted MIME attachment from
>> messages directed to a mailing list.
JC> I wonder what it does with this message...
I think you know how to access incoming: just try and install the
package, then you could easily see for yourself what it does.
JC> I'll hazard a guess that because of the non-text/plain message body,
JC> the entire message gets trashed.
You'd be wrong.
A. The person who configures MimeFilter can choose which MIME types he
wants to see. Since MimeFilter is a _MIME_ filter, you just have to
tell it a list of MIME types you're willing to accept.
B. If a message contains a mix of unwanted MIME types along with
accepted ones, MimeFilter strips the former and outputs a valid message
containing just the latter.
C. By default, MimeFilter accepts «text/plain» and
«application/pgp-signature», because this are the only types the
MimeFilter's Author likes to see on the mailing lists he administers.
(Incidentally, you're message contains exactly these two types.)
JC> Same probably applies for a lot of attachment types which are (but
JC> wouldn't likely be recognized as) the message body.
See Joseph, I think people who administer a mailing list know what
_they_ want to consider to be the message body, and, what's more, they
surely can choose if they want to install MimeFilter or not.
JC> If I'm right, this seems like a very dangerous program to use.
The ice on the cake is that you don't have to. Free software is such a
wonderful thing. ;-)
Talking about hot air isn't exactly the best way to see what a program
does: you have the source, just look at it if you're curious, else
ignore it at your leisure.
Davide Giovanni Maria Salvetti
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