admin:more odd filtering

Paul Fidler praf1 at
Wed Sep 15 16:33:10 BST 1999

On Wed, 15 Sep 1999, Simon St.Laurent wrote:

> David Megginson wrote last week that he was getting odd characters in some
> messages. I hadn't seen it until this morning, when one of my own messages
> suddenly sported an extra ">", thereby making one of my lines look like a
> quote. ...

> Any ideas why this is happening?

Unix mailboxes generally consist of a concatenation of a whole lot of mail
messages separated by lines that start "From ". Unfortunately this means
it isn't possible to have a line beginning "From " in the body of the
message, so MTAs and things using unix format mail folders change it to
">From ".

Nothing ever converts it back to "From " since it isn't possible to tell
the difference between a ">From " that should be a "From " and a genuine
quoted ">From ".

eg. The next line starts "From ". The line after it starts ">From ":
>From here I can see the sea.
>From here I can see the sea.

But they will probably look identical by the time this message
leaves the machine I'm writing this on.

Paul Fidler
Cambridge University Engineering Department
Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, UK 

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