move attachments from email to web?

Glenn Steen glenn.steen at
Thu Mar 2 21:13:33 GMT 2006

On 02/03/06, Julian Field <MailScanner at> wrote:
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> We have a quarantine retrieval system here which puts quarantined
> attachments on a website. It isn't quite what you want, but might help.
> How would you move the attachments to a website? It is quite possible to
> process the message to remove attachments bigger than a certain size and
> copy them somewhere, but you have the whole security problem to be aware
> of. Just generate a random URL? When would you delete the file? It's got
> to hang around for quite a while. You would replace the attachment with
> a text attachment containing the URL for the file.
> It sounds an interesting project to write, and I am quite willing to
> help. Things are pretty quiet right now (he says, cursing himself into a
> month like January!).
> If you can expand the spec, that would help.
> We could have a directory and ownership and permissions supplied, and a
> random directory name containing the files attached to a particular
> message that are over a certain size.
> So supply:
> Directory name
> Owner
> Group
> Permissions
> I then create a random directory name (based on the message queue id for
> simplicity) and move the attachments into there. I then replace the
> attachments one at a time with text/plain or text/html attachments
> directing the user to click on a link to download the attachment, whose
> filename will be the sanitised original attachment name.
> How does that sound?
> A nice little project that would be particularly useful to users with
> slow connections who are using POP and have a tight mail quota. It
> effectively moves their mail quota into web server space, but that's not
> my problem :-)

Wouldn't this best be solved by just let it degrade to the problem of
"shoving the attachments into the quarantine, possibly notifying the
recipient, then handling everything concerning the web view/release
from within MailWatch"?
Perhaps not as fun a project:-)

-- Glenn
> Tom Combs wrote:
> > Hi,  This is off topic but given the experience of this group, I thought
> > I'd ask...
> > I'd like to be able to scrub large attachments from email, converting
> > them to
> > html and making them accessible via a provided URL.  Does anyone have
> > any experience with this?  If so, how do you do it?
> >
> > Thanks,   Tom Combs
> >
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