[Alpine-info] CentOS 6 upgrade breaks JPEG attachment viewer
drf at maplepark.com
Sun Feb 19 13:50:09 PST 2012
On Sun, 19 Feb 2012, Roger Davis wrote:
> Hi David,
>> Several attachments came through as octet-stream and I wrote the
>> octet-stream script to handle them. I keep it in /usr/local/bin/ along
>> with most other general binaries. This script is the one I played with the
>> most over the years and it has some old dead code snippets throughout. But
>> it should work.
> So, the key here is that I just have to have a script named 'octet-stream'
> installed somewhere in my executable search path? Curiously, it seems that
> CentOS 6 (at least in my own UID enviroment which I believe is not too
> perverse) does not have a built-in octet-stream executable anywhere in my
> search path. Does this seem unusual?
I do not remember an octet-stream script coming with pine. I had just
received some mime attachments coded "application/octet-stream" and wrote
up the script to decode them. It ended up being more general as time went
on but still is launched from my /etc/mailcap for unknown applications and
things that need some preliminary work to decode. Calling a viewer from
the mailcap is the standard procedure.
When sending, alpine uses the /etc/mime.types file to code the mime type
by extension. It is standardized and gets updated often but some folks
seem to ignore it and one may receive an odt or jpg as some other mime
type. The octect-stream script uses the "file" program which decodes the
magic number at the start of the file (hopefully).
David Forrest e-mail drf @ maplepark.com
Maple Park Development Corporation http://xen.maplepark.com
St. Louis, Missouri (Sent by ALPINE 2.02 FEDORA 11 LINUX)
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