Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 443848
sends mails with base64 encoding
Last modified: 2014-03-16 23:14:20 EDT
Description of problem:
I'm noticing on various mailing lists that Evo is sending mail with:
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf8"
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)
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.
Hm, why wouldn't you just do 8BIT, though? Other mail agents send this just fine.
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.
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
I did reply; since the mail example was from a non-public list, it was a private comment. Sorry about the confusion.
This message is a reminder that Fedora 9 is nearing its end of life.
Approximately 30 (thirty) days from now Fedora will stop maintaining
and issuing updates for Fedora 9. It is Fedora's policy to close all
bug reports from releases that are no longer maintained. At that time
this bug will be closed as WONTFIX if it remains open with a Fedora
'version' of '9'.
Package Maintainer: If you wish for this bug to remain open because you
plan to fix it in a currently maintained version, simply change the 'version'
to a later Fedora version prior to Fedora 9's end of life.
Bug Reporter: Thank you for reporting this issue and we are sorry that
we may not be able to fix it before Fedora 9 is end of life. If you
would still like to see this bug fixed and are able to reproduce it
against a later version of Fedora please change the 'version' of this
bug to the applicable version. If you are unable to change the version,
please add a comment here and someone will do it for you.
Although we aim to fix as many bugs as possible during every release's
lifetime, sometimes those efforts are overtaken by events. Often a
more recent Fedora release includes newer upstream software that fixes
bugs or makes them obsolete.
The process we are following is described here:
Fedora 9 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-07-10. Fedora 9 is
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further
security or bug fix updates. As a result we are closing this bug.
If you can reproduce this bug against a currently maintained version of
Fedora please feel free to reopen this bug against that version.
Thank you for reporting this bug and we are sorry it could not be fixed.