Re: space encoding (=20)
- On Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 01:35:43PM -0800, Shain Miley wrote:
> Hello everyone,RFC 2045 describes MIME fundamentrals qnd the quoted-printable and Base64
> I have an issue with postfix that I cannot seem to resolve...I have done a bit of looking around but have been unable to find a solution.
> We recently switched from using sendmail to postfix on our mail server....after this switch we started seeing some odd characters show up in some of our mail. So far we are seeing the characters '=20' at the end of some lines...can anyone tell me why we are seeing these all the sudden, and does anyone know of a way of getting rid of them...I thought about trying to strip them out...but on the off chance that there really is a legit '=20' in some messages...I would rather not do that, instead I want to fix the problem before it occurs.
Content Transfer Encoding. RFC 1652 describes 8bitmime handling with ESMTP:
Once a server SMTP supporting the 8bit-MIMEtransport service extension
accepts a content body containing octets with the high- order (8th)
bit set, the server SMTP must deliver or relay the content in such
a way as to preserve all bits in each octet.
If a server SMTP does not support the 8-bit MIME transport extension
(either by not responding with code 250 to the EHLO command, or by
not including the EHLO keyword value 8BITMIME in its response), then
the client SMTP must not, under any circumstances, attempt to transfer
a content which contains characters outside the US-ASCII octet range
A client SMTP has two options in this case: first, it may implement
a gateway transformation to convert the message into valid 7bit
MIME, or second, or may treat this as a permanent error and handle
it in the usual manner for delivery failures. The specifics of the
transformation from 8bit MIME to 7bit MIME are not described by this
RFC; the conversion is nevertheless constrained in the following ways:
(1) it must cause no loss of information; MIME transport
encodings must be employed as needed to insure this is the
(2) the resulting message must be valid 7bit MIME.
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