MIME garbage in comp.protocols.dns.bind

Thomas Schulz schulz at adi.com
Fri Dec 12 18:19:09 UTC 2008

In article <ghtmfl$2rcj$1 at sf1.isc.org>,
Sam Wilson  <Sam.Wilson at ed.ac.uk> wrote:
>In article <ghtjng$2pdi$1 at sf1.isc.org>,
> Barry Margolin <barmar at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
>> Does anyone still read this list via the comp.protocols.dns.bind Usenet 
>> gateway?  I do, and ever since the web site and mailing list revamp last 
>> month, it has been a real PITA.  About 1/3 of the messages in the group 
>> have all sorts of MIME garbage in the body of the messages.  The problem 
>> appears to be that the "Content-type: multipart/alternative" header line 
>> is being stripped from the header by the gateway; actually, it ends up 
>> in the body of the message.  As a result, my newsreader doesn't 
>> recognize that the message is multipart, and shows all the pieces 
>> literally.
>> You can see the same thing if you view the messages in Google Groups, so 
>> it's not just my news provider (Motzarella) or newsreader 
>> (MT-Newswatcher).  The old mail-to-news gateway either got this right or 
>> extracted the plain text alternative before forwarding.
>> I sent mail to bind-users-request a few weeks ago, but got no response.  
>> Is this bugging anyone else but me?
>Yes, it's bugging me.  I use MT-Newswatcher (Mac OS X) and whilst I can 
>cope with the multipart/alternative hassle (just stop reading where it 
>turns into HTML - see [1]) the ones that really annoy me are the base64 
>encoded messages like [2].
>I'm clearly less conscientious than Barry - I haven't complained before 
>[1] <news:ghs3de$1f87$1 at sf1.isc.org>
>[2] <news:ghtbae$2er0$1 at sf1.isc.org>

I was wondering what was going on.  Some messages are just base64 and are
completely useless/unreadable.
Tom Schulz
schulz at adi.com

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