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Re: switching from exim to postfix

* Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org) [120430 17:09]:
> Riku Voipio <riku.voipio@iki.fi> writes:

> > Exim in 2012 not supporting 8BITMIME and thus being the last Major MTA
> > forcing quoted-printable conversions to make emails "7bit clean" is
> > quite horribly wrong.
> I didn't realize that.  I agree, that's an annoying missing feature.  Has
> someone talked with upstream about whether they have plans to implement
> it?

Quoting the manual
| accept_8bitmime         Use: main       Type: boolean   Default: false
| This option causes Exim to send 8BITMIME in its response to an SMTP EHLO
| command, and to accept the BODY= parameter on MAIL commands. However, though
| Exim is 8-bit clean, it is not a protocol converter, and it takes no steps to
| do anything special with messages received by this route. Consequently, this
| option is turned off by default. 

So the *default* configuration doesn't advertise 8BITMIME for the
reason that exim won't do conversions later on when relaying to other
hosts (which might be a possible RFC violation, depending where the
mail is relayed to). One could certainly argue that isn't the best /
recommended state, but it's not that bad either.

(And this is one of the first hits while searching for 8BITMIME and


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