On 8/12/2004 5:18 PM, Tony Hansen wrote:
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).
I checked each of those and none of them seem to adequately describe the
message or database format.
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.
Do you have a specific URL to a specific man page that you think would be
appropriate and authoritative?
I spent a while looking (see also http://makeashorterlink.com/?X61D16909
for example), and couldn't find anything that seemed to be authoritative
enough to reference.
Eric A. Hall http://www.ehsco.com/
Internet Core Protocols http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/coreprot/
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