Issue with email -a (Zip files)

Priyanka Joshi
Fri Jan 31 06:40:00 GMT 2020

Thanks Brian!

Can you please let me know if there is any way to check SMTP error logs for the email not getting sent.

I am trying to enable the logs but facing issue with inetmgr.dll and smtpsnap.dll and not seeing SMTP option under IIS.

PFB updates on the steps shared:

>which email

>email --version
email - By Dean Jones; Version 3.2.3-git

, try putting your xml in a zip file, and see if that works. ==>It worked

>email -b -s "Test zip send" -a

Try renaming the zip file as if xml or something safe

==>Tried renaming to xml but email was not triggered, I will check with the network team if there are any restrictions


-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Inglis <> 
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2020 3:27 AM
Cc: Priyanka Joshi <>
Subject: Re: Issue with email -a (Zip files)

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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