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Thunderbird cannot handle uuencoded text attachments properly - can't save or perhaps see



12 years ago
8 months ago


(Reporter: jon-bugzilla, Unassigned)


(Depends on: 1 bug, {testcase})

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(Not tracked)



(1 attachment, 1 obsolete attachment)

3.48 KB, message/rfc822


12 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv: Gecko/20070219 Firefox/
Build Identifier: version (20070221)

With the option "mail.inline_attachments" set to 'true', there is no way to save text attachments (they are displayed in-line only).

With the option "mail.inline_attachments" set to 'false', there is no way to save or even see text attachments (they are not displayed at all, not even in the attachments list).

Note, I am using uuencoded attachments. I don't know if the problem also applies to MIME-encoded attachments.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. uuencode foo.txt <foo.txt | sendmail

Actual Results:  
View the message in Thunderbird. Notice you cannot save the attachment, no matter what the setting of "mail.inline_attachments".

Expected Results:  
If "mail.inline_attachments" is 'false', the attachment should appear in the attachments list.

Comment 1

12 years ago
Mime-encoded attachments work fine - sounds like you're sending your uuencoded file as the body of the message...

Comment 2

12 years ago
That's what I said in the 'steps to reproduce' ;-)

Comment 3

12 years ago
yup, just trying to make it explicit - there's a remote chance this is fixed in 2.0 - I remember coming across some issue like this

Comment 4

12 years ago
Since I don't have ready access to a 'sendmail' implementation, I can't generate the test data.  How about saving the message as a .EML file and attaching it to thie bug?

Meanwhile -- could this be related to bug 182627?

Comment 5

12 years ago
yes, I think they're related, if not the same...
Ever confirmed: true

Comment 6

12 years ago
Created attachment 257494 [details]
Test case message

Comment 7

12 years ago
"Don't have ready access to a 'sendmail' implementation" scares me. Nevertheless I have created a test case. It looks like this:

From: jon (Jon Ribbens)

begin 644 hello.txt

I don't know if bug 182627 is the same, that bug does not involve uuencode. And it's been open for over 4 years. But it may have the same cause behind the scenes.

Comment 8

12 years ago
(In reply to comment #7)
> "Don't have ready access to a 'sendmail' implementation" scares me.

I'm not scared, but I'm deeply irritated by someone who feels free to dis my technical competence because I'm not running *nix -- and I feel free to mock said loser who can't follow simple directions for providing a test case.

Save message that exhibits problem as .EML
Attach EML file to bug

Do not paste into bug.  Because, as it happens, I can't reproduce the problem with your "test case."

Comment 9

12 years ago
Excellent. Can I mock you back for foolishly flaming me before you've checked the attachments to the bug?

Comment 10

12 years ago
I didn't say you didn't save an attachment; I said, you didn't follow directions.  That test is not a .EML file saved from Thunderbird.

That attachment does not reproduce the problem, at least not under Windows -- which is what this bug was filed against.

Comment 11

12 years ago
You are mistaken. The attachment is a valid .EML file and does indeed reproduce the problem under Windows. Just save it to disk, rename it to something.eml, and double-click on it. Observe that Thunderbird does not show the attachment. (Make sure you have mail.inline_attachments set to false before opening the message.)

Let me know if there's anything else you need assistance with.
Assignee: mscott → nobody


8 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 445125
Created attachment 452710 [details]
testcase for bug in comment #42

I think that this bug could be close also as dupe of bug #61810 that is related to images, but the underlying  problem is the same.
Attachment #257494 - Attachment is obsolete: true

Comment 14

8 years ago
I'm feeling (perhaps irrationally) conservative, so marking depends (which doesn't cost us much)
Depends on: 61810
Keywords: testcase
Summary: Thunderbird cannot handle uuencoded text attachments properly → Thunderbird cannot handle uuencoded text attachments properly - can't save or perhaps see

Comment 15

7 years ago
I wouldn't mind chiming in on this - I see the undecoded text in my messages when someone sends me e-mail with uuencoded attachments. The attachment in this bug report also shows as undecoded with both true and false set for mail.inline... 

The work-around for me was to open the account using outlook express and forward the message to myself using base64 encoding.

This is a bit of an embarrassing bug, don't you think?

Thunderbird 5.0
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