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Re: Transient fetchmail corruption problem under Windows 2000

On Tue, Aug 07, 2001 at 11:31:10AM -0400, Jason Tishler wrote:
> [I normally would not post such a vague bug report but since this problem
> significantly impacts my mail delivery I hope that I will be allowed some
> latitude...]
> I am using fetchmail/procmail/mutt to retrieve, process, and read my
> email.  I recently changed from using a Windows NT 4.0 SP5 to a Windows
> 2000 SP1 machine.  Shortly thereafter, I started to notice that some
> of the emails that I received with binary attachments were corrupted.
> After sending the same message to myself repeatedly and examining the
> raw message in an mbox file, I began to see the following pattern.
> The corrupted messages are always larger than they should be and there
> are chunks of garbage characters in them.  Sometimes the MIME separators
> are repeated as if fetchmail shuttered when writing to down the pipe to
> procmail (this is probably just a special case of the garbage characters).
> Not all messages get corrupted.  A little more half were corrupted --
> the others were fine.  I also POP-ed directly into the mail server and
> verified that the messages were not corrupt and only became so when I
> used fetchmail to retrieve them.
> I tried various versions of fetchmail (5.8.12, 5.8.14, 5.8.16) and
> Cygwin (1.3.2, my CVS build, latest snapshot).  All exhibit the same
> transient binary attachment corruption problem.
> When I repeat the same experiments on my old Windows NT 4.0 SP5 machine,
> I have not received any corrupted email (yet).
> Is anyone using fetchmail under Windows 2000?  If so, are you experience
> any problems?

I don't use fetchmail, but with mutt and ssmtp all my sent binary
attachments get corrupted on W2000SP1. Don't know why, didn't try it
under NT.

Gruss Olaf

Olaf Föllinger
S.E.S.A. AG GS Berlin
fon:  +49-30-390722291

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