Mailscanner doesn't add charset when adding signature

Julian Field mailscanner at
Thu Aug 26 21:01:44 IST 2004

At 20:53 26/08/2004, you wrote:
>Julian Field <mailscanner at ECS.SOTON.AC.UK> wrote:
> > At 18:04 26/08/2004, you wrote:
> >> On Thu, 2004-08-26 at 17:37, Julian Field wrote:
> >>> I think so, yes. I only add the MIME-Version header if it isn't
> >>> already there. So I could add the Content-Type header if there is
> >>> no MIME-Version header. But unfortunately, what do I put for the
> >>> MIME type? My email client displays a message as html even if there
> >>> is just a "Content-Type: text/plain" header, or no Content-Type
> >>> header at all. Not sure I can get all the information I need to do
> >>> "the right thing". I can't add the charset unless I also set the
> >>> MIME type, and I can't guess the MIME type if it isn't already
> >>> there.
> >>>
> >>> Thoughts?
> >>
> >> Well, you could use file -i on the message body, but I suspect that
> >> isn't going to be as portable as one might hope.
> >
> > Not portable, and very slow :-(
> > I need a portable, fast way of doing it. I don't want to look at the
> > message body content at all.
>Do as sendmail. Let the sysadm put a default value to be used when the
>sender didn't put a charset in.

But it needs a mime type as well as a charset, and I have no way of finding
the correct mime type.

>If the sysadm used the wrong charset at least the message will be delivered.
>As it is now, the message ends up as an attachment if it is being sent to an

How big a problem is that?
Julian Field
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