User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040616 Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040616 When an email is written to an mbox file, the "From " message delimiter line is datestamped with the current time. According to the mbox man page <http://www.qmail.org/man/man5/mbox.html> this datestamp should be in GMT: The delivery date in a From_ line does not specify a time zone. qmail-local always creates the delivery date in GMT so that mbox files can be safely transported from one time zone to another. MailNews is currently writing the datestamp in the local time zone, without explicitly specifying that time zone, thus rendering the datestamp non-portable between time zones. Note that this datestamp and its reliability could be important because it might be used as part of the solution to a number of bugs requesting or requiring a received-locally datestamp: Bug 123786; Bug 166254; Bug 190337 and Bug 200802. This problem with the "From " message delimiter datestamp could be fixed by either: 1. Following the mbox spec cited above and writing the datestamp in GMT but without specifying the time zone, or 2. Explicitly specifying the time zone offset at the end of the datestamp. (1) has the advantage of adhering to the mbox "spec" but the disadvantage of ambiguity. (2) has the advantage of explicitly specifying the date, but the disadvantage of ignoring the mbox "spec" (the world doesn't need another non-"standard" mbox implementation). I'm in two minds as to the best choice, but would tend to favour (1). I'd like to hear other opinions. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce:
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I believe this bug is still present. Could someone please confirm?
David, is "Core, MailNews: Database" the most appropriate Product and Component for this bug?
> Note that this datestamp and its reliability could be important because it > might be used as part of the solution to a number of bugs requesting or > requiring a received-locally datestamp: Bug 123786; Bug 166254; Bug 190337 and > Bug 200802. Actually, the date in the mbox-"From" header line is the time of the download, not the time the message was received at the server. Thus, I doubt that it should be used for the bugs mentioned here as a sorting criteria. Rather, the last "Received:" header (i.e., the first entry when parsing the message) should be considered relevant as sorting criteria for the message received, not the order in which the messages were downloaded and stored. Thus, I'm not sure whatever other relevance I would give that time stamp and in which context - other than just informational - it should be used.
yes, it's basically not used