Description of problem:
After the upgrade to Emacs 23, VM can no longer send emails with non-ascii latin-1 characters.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Type email containing accented characters
2. send email to yourself
3. Read email in ANY mail reader
Accented characters appear as blank spaces.
Accented characters show as accented characters.
The problem seems to be known, see
however, just rebuilding the emacs-vm rpm (as implied in this post) did not change a thing for me.
emacs-vm-8.0.12-6.fc11 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 11.
OK, I've added a patch which helps with charset recognition, but no idea if it will fix this bug - please try the update and see (you can pull directly from koji if you like).
At this point, VM is unmaintained upstream for quite a while and is bit rotting quite badly. I expect other things are broken with emacs 23 as well. Honestly, my advice would be to stop using it.
emacs-vm-8.0.12-6.fc11 has been pushed to the Fedora 11 testing repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
If you want to test the update, you can install it with
su -c 'yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update emacs-vm'. You can provide feedback for this update here: http://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/F11/FEDORA-2009-9682
Any feedback on this updated package - does it fix the issue ?
Yes, indeed, it does. As I wrote to you in private email, there are one or two issues also related to font encodings, but I have had related errors before, so in all likelihood this particular problem is completely fixed.
Thanks a lot.
emacs-vm-8.0.12-6.fc11 has been pushed to the Fedora 11 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
After upgrading to emacs-23.1-14.fc12 today, this problem is back.
Ugh. OK, I'll try adding that patch again.
Really though - I'd recommend migrating from VM, it's a very badly maintained piece of legacy software.
Another thing that would be helpful is to try the 8.1.0 beta package which is presently in updates-testing to see if the problem is still there.
I tried and 8.1.0. indeed fixes this bug. On the other hand, it has an even nastier bug which I just filed:
This unfortunately does not make it practical to keep 8.1.0. and do further testing...
As to your recommendation about migrating from VM, I looked at the options and there is no clear alternative. I'd like to keep composing mail within emacs because, even though emacs has fairly idiosyncratic keyboard shortcuts - I use it for all my other work and prefer to know one set of keyboard shortcuts extremely well, rather than learning a new set for just half of my daily work.
Unfortunately, there is no other emacs mail reader which appears roughly comparable to VM which is also clearly well maintained.
Do you have any suggestions?
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