[Alpine-info] Re: Gmail server problem with Alpine
chappa at u.washington.edu
Sat Mar 7 13:53:05 PST 2009
On Sat, 7 Mar 2009, Mike Miller wrote:
:) On Sat, 7 Mar 2009, Mike Miller wrote:
:) > I am using Gmail as my SMTP server for Alpine. Gmail's SMTP server
:) is > altering my messages at least in the following way: If a line of
:) my plain > text message begins with a space, Gmail SMTP server inserts
:) an additional > space at the beginning of the line.
:) Now I'm not so sure. I think Alpine is doing it.
Take a look at section 4.4 of RFC 3676, which describes "space stuffing"
for flowed text. You may want to disable flowed text, if that is your
For your reference, the relevant part of RFC 3676 is quoted below.
In order to allow for unquoted lines which start with ">", and to
protect against systems which "From-munge" in-transit messages
(modifying any line which starts with "From " to ">From "),
Format=Flowed provides for space-stuffing.
Space-stuffing adds a single space to the start of any line which
needs protection when the message is generated. On reception, if the
first character of a line is a space, it is logically deleted. This
occurs after the test for a quoted line (which logically counts and
deletes any quote marks), and before the test for a flowed line.
On generation, any unquoted lines which start with ">", and any lines
which start with a space or "From " MUST be space-stuffed. Other
lines MAY be space-stuffed as desired.
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