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MIME message tool

MIME message tool

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NAME

mime-tool - a simple program to construct MIME messages with attached files

 

SYNOPSIS

mime [ -dDvV ] [ -S subject ] [ -F from-address ] [ -T to-address ] [ -C carbon-copy address ] [ -P prolog-text ] [ -E epiplogue-text ] [ -B boundry ] [ -O overall content-type ] { [ -78abiquxopm ] [ -t content-type ] filename }

 

DESCRIPTION

The mime program constructs MIME messages with attached files. The user can specify the content type (application/octet-stream, text/plain or a user specified type), content type encoding (7bit, 8bit, binary, base64 and auto-detect), content disposition (attached or inline) and the content boundry string. The user can also specify some mail related options: subject, from-address, to-addres, carbon-copy addres, prolog-text and epilog-text.

The output of the MIME-tool program can be sent directly to the mail, mailx or sendmail commands (or any other command that accepts RFC-822 formatted messages).

NOTE: Specifying 7-bit encoding for an attachment that contains 8-bit data will convert any data bytes whose high-bit is set to question marks.

 

OPTIONS

-7
7-bit ASCII encoding
-8
8-bit ASCII encoding
-a
application/octet-stream content type
-b
binary encoding
-d
low detail debugging
-D
high detail debugging
-s
write a subpart
-i
disposition: inline (instead of attachment)
-q
quoted-printable encoding
-c content-type
explicit content type
-t
text/plain content type
-o
omit disposition line
-u
unknown encoding, auto-detect
-v
verbose messages
-V
very verbose messages
-x
base64 encoding
-p
copy existing MIME part
-o
omit content-disposition
-m
omit content-transfer-encoding
-n filename
override the filename in the disposition header
-N
don't add a filename parameter in the disposition header
-0
no-op

 

EXAMPLES

Using MIME-tool to write a mail message to a file:

mime -S "test message" -F me@foo.net -T someone@somewhere.net file1 > test.msg

Using MIME-tool with the mail command:

mime -S "test message" -F me@foo.net file1 | mail someone@somewhere.net

Using MIME-tool with the mailx command:

mime -S "test message" -F me@foo.net file1 | mailx someone@somewhere.net

Using MIME-tool with the sendmail command:

mime -S "test message" -F me@foo.net file1 | sendmail someone@somewhere.net

 

VERSION

This is version 1.5.topal3 from June 2009.

 

KNOWN BUGS

Most of the header values are not properly quoted or folded, so long or complex values for these headers may cause problems. Specifically, the from-address, to-address, carbon-copy-address and content-type headers may not be properly quoted or folded.

For some reason, certain e-mail clients (espcially from a large software company located in Redmond, Washington) don't seem to recognize file attachments as attachments, but instead displays them as inline attachments. (maybe this isn't MIME-tool's fault, but I've gotten a few e-mails about it, so I'm mentioning it here)

 

AUTHOR

mime is written by Jeffrey Dutky <dutky@bellatlantic.net>

Oscar Esteban spotted an off-by-one error in the base64 encoding function.

Sergey Lapin spotted a bug in the filename header construction.

Chris Hemphill noticed that the documentation (this manual page and the README file) didn't include any examples of how to call the program with common mail commands.

Some additional fixes and additions by Phil Brooke to support Topal.

 

AVAILABILITY

The original MIME-tool package can be downloaded from my web page at http://members.bellatlantic.net/~dutky

This modified version is distributed with Topal:

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/phil.brooke/topal/


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
OPTIONS
EXAMPLES
VERSION
KNOWN BUGS
AUTHOR
AVAILABILITY

This document was created by man2html, using the manual pages.
Time: 21:23:53 GMT, April 16, 2011