Bug 90729 - sendmail should default to charset utf-8
sendmail should default to charset utf-8
Status: CLOSED UPSTREAM
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: sendmail (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Florian La Roche
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2003-05-12 20:29 EDT by Tim Landscheidt
Modified: 2007-03-27 00:03 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-08-13 17:56:02 EDT
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Description Tim Landscheidt 2003-05-12 20:29:38 EDT
This is a rather complex problem but I think sendmail is the place to fix it. 
 
If you use (vixie-) cron (at probably as well) and the outputs of your jobs include non-ASCII 
characters (e. g. umlauts), they are not declared and therefore cannot be displayed properly in 
the MUA. 
 
Instead of tweaking cron, at and the dozens of other components who make use of sendmail, I 
would suggest to change latter's behaviour: 
 
*If* there is no "Content-Type" header 
*and* there are characters > 127 in the input, 
*then* add a "Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8" header.
Comment 1 Florian La Roche 2003-08-13 17:56:02 EDT
This is not something I would change for Red Hat Linux. please talk to the
upstream sendmail people if you want to get this in.

greetings,

Florian La Roche

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