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Re: Internet draft draft-onions-822-mailproblems-00.txt

1995-02-27 16:38:06

Allow me to suggest another not-sufficiently-uncommon problem:

Attempting to end the headers of a message with a line consisting of a
single blank.  Ie, CR LF SPACE CR LF instead of CR LF CR LF.

The space keeps the headers from ending, and the poor recepient mailer
proceeds to try to digest the body of the mail as though it were more
headers.  :-(

In my experience, this isn't caused by user agents, but by mail
transport in environments that don't like zero-length records.
Ideally, the gateways from such environments to the Internet should
change the CRLF 1*SPACE CRLF following a header back to CRLF CRLF, but
I'm not holding my breath until this happens.

I think this falls in the same category as SPACEs after MIME boundary
markers: they shouldn't be emitted by mail composers, but mail readers
need to be able do to deal with them.