Bug 443848 - sends mails with base64 encoding
sends mails with base64 encoding
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: evolution (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Matthew Barnes
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-04-23 13:42 EDT by Bill Nottingham
Modified: 2014-03-16 23:14 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 12:00:03 EDT
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Description Bill Nottingham 2008-04-23 13:42:29 EDT
Description of problem:

I'm noticing on various mailing lists that Evo is sending mail with:

Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf8"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64

That seems needlessly baroque, and probably makes various search agents not very

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

X-Mailer: Evolution 2.22.1 (2.22.1-1.fc9)
Comment 1 Milan Crha 2008-04-24 06:09:59 EDT
Evolution is trying to send as smallest message as possible, thus calculates
which encoding will be that one for the exact message text, choosing between
7BIT, QUOTEDPRINTABLE and BASE64. Based on the code, all depends on the number
of characters with ordinary code greater than 127. It compares text encoded to

Regarding to search agents, even with QUOTEDPRINTABLE you need to decode message
body, because otherwise you will not be able to search for words with accents,
so I believe it makes no difference for them at all. I agree it makes a
difference for grep or similar tool.

Is this explanation OK for you? The same behavior is there for years now.
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2008-04-24 09:47:27 EDT
Hm, why wouldn't you just do 8BIT, though? Other mail agents send this just fine.
Comment 3 Matthew Barnes 2009-01-27 12:16:37 EST
Is there a particular example of this you can point me to?

I know Evolution makes it a point to listen for the 8BIT extension from ESMTP servers, but perhaps it's encoding the text anyway.  Left hand not knowing what the right is doing, etc.
Comment 5 Mike Chambers 2009-03-07 09:32:48 EST
Reporter, could you please reply to the previous question? If you won't reply in one month, I will have to close this bug as INSUFFICIENT_DATA. Thank you. 

Fedora Bugzappers volunteer triage team
Comment 6 Bill Nottingham 2009-03-09 15:37:20 EDT
I did reply; since the mail example was from a non-public list, it was a private comment. Sorry about the confusion.
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