Mailscanner halting on multi-part mime

Daniel Bowen dbowen1 at MAC.COM
Tue Feb 25 14:12:07 GMT 2003

     Yesterday I had mailscanner get caught on a message, giving the following error, and not processing any messages.  Thought it might be important to know about:

Feb 24 16:56:47 mail MailScanner[21347]: Cannot parse /private/var/spool/MailScanner/incoming/21347/h1OLudRN002024.header and , write-open /private/var/spool/MailScan
ner/incoming/21347/h1OLudRN002024/2003 Southeast  chure - BW.pdf: Invalid argument at /Library/Perl/MIME/ line 414. 

     I checked out at that part, and it appears to be a section called MIME::Body::Scalar.  Perhaps the body was too big to fit in a scalar value?  I'm not a perl expert though, so I wasn't sure, perhaps it's the unusual character in the attachment name.  I'm running Mac OS X 10.2.3, Sendmail 8.12.6, and MailScanner 4.12-2.  Here is the culprit email, which I eventually just moved to the outgoing queue to get the incoming one to process again.


>From mayerj at  Mon Feb 24 22:09:02 2003
Return-Path: <mayerj at>
Received: from ( [])
	by (8.12.6/8.12.6) with ESMTP id h1OLudRN002024
	for <xxxxx at>; Mon, 24 Feb 2003 16:56:40 -0500 (EST)
Received: from [] ([])
	id PAA16132; Mon, 24 Feb 2003 15:13:49 -0500 (EST)
	[ConcentricHost SMTP Relay 1.15]
Errors-To: <mayerj at>
User-Agent: Microsoft-Outlook-Express-Macintosh-Edition/5.02.2022
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 12:17:52 -0800
Subject: AAC Workshop in the Southeast
From: "Mayer-Johnson, Inc." <mayerj at>
To: SE CAMA <mayerj at>
Message-ID: <BA7FBDEF.40A0%mayerj at>
Mime-version: 1.0
Content-type: multipart/mixed;

> This message is in MIME format. Since your mail reader does not understand
this format, some or all of this message may not be legible.

Content-type: multipart/alternative;

Content-type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"
Content-transfer-encoding: 7bit

Dear AAC Professional,

There is an AAC workshop presented by Communication Aid Manufacturers
Association (CAMA) coming to the Southeast during the week of March 3, 2003.
Please review the attached document.  For more information, please visit the
CAMA web site at

Thank you.

Mayer-Johnson, Inc.
P.O. Box 1579
Solana Beach, CA 92075-7579
Phone: 800-588-4548 or 858-550-0084
FAX: 858-550-0449
Email: mayerj at

Content-type: text/html; charset="US-ASCII"
Content-transfer-encoding: quoted-printable

<TITLE>AAC Workshop in the Southeast</TITLE>
Dear AAC Professional,<BR>
There is an AAC workshop presented by Communication Aid Manufacturers Assoc=
iation (CAMA) coming to the Southeast during the week of March 3, 2003. &nbs=
p;Please review the attached document. &nbsp;For more information, please vi=
sit the CAMA web site at<BR>
<FONT FACE=3D"Helvetica"><BR>
Thank you.<BR>
Mayer-Johnson, Inc.<BR>
P.O. Box 1579<BR>
Solana Beach, CA 92075-7579<BR>
Phone: 800-588-4548 or 858-550-0084<BR>
FAX: 858-550-0449<BR>
Email: mayerj at<BR>


Content-type: application/pdf; name="2003 Southeast ächure - B&W.pdf";
Content-disposition: attachment
Content-transfer-encoding: base64

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