Issue with email -a (Zip files)

Brian Inglis
Thu Jan 30 21:56:00 GMT 2020

On 2020-01-30 02:21, Priyanka Joshi wrote:
> I am facing issue when I am trying to send zip file as attachment, same 
> command works fine for xml file.
> PFB commands for reference:
> Below command worked fine and sent testng.xml as attachment
> email -s "BHN Test Automation Report" -a testng.xml
> email -s "BHN Test Automation Report" -a
> ==> Not triggering any email and not throwing any error.
> Please let us know how to debug and fix the zip attachment issue.

Cygwin email requires -b option flag, body text on stdin, or invokes your editor
for body text entry to send emails.
First, check location, version, and test:

	$ which email
	$ email --version
	email - By Dean Jones; Version 3.2.3-git
	$ email -b -s "Test zip send" -a Downloads/ above-email-address

worked for me, with a random downloaded small zip file, also worked whether I
echoed or redirected text into stdin, or did neither and typed body text into
the editor window opened on a tmp file.

Corporate networks often have filters and strict rules about what may be
included in a zip file, may be both outgoing and incoming; they could even have
Outlook, other email client, or generic email filters on your desktop system.
Talk to your IT mail and security admins to find out what is filtered where.
Try renaming the zip file as if xml or something safe, and see if that works,
and if not, try putting your xml in a zip file, and see if that works.

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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