The information about the mbox format being anecdotally defined is
incorrect. The mbox format has traditionally been documented in the
binmail(1) or mail.local(8) man pages (BSD UNIX derivatives) or mail(1)
man page (UNIX System 3/5/III/V derivatives). There have been several
variants of the mbox format in use by those different systems. The most
complete description of an mbox format can be seen in the man page from
any UNIX System Vr4 derived system, such as Solaris.
The description found in http://qmail.org./man/man5/mbox.html, referred
to at the end of Appendix A, does cover these variations fairly
succinctly. However Appendix A doesn't cover the variations properly.
The IESG wrote:
The IESG has received a request from an individual submitter to
consider the following document:
- 'The APPLICATION/MBOX Media-Type '
<draft-hall-mime-app-mbox-02.txt> as a Proposed Standard
The IESG plans to make a decision in the next few weeks, and solicits
final comments on this action. Please send any comments to the
iesg(_at_)ietf(_dot_)org or ietf(_at_)ietf(_dot_)org mailing lists by 2004-09-06.
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