[svlug] Email length

Deirdre Saoirse deirdre at deirdre.net
Mon May 15 15:45:08 PDT 2000

On Mon, 15 May 2000, Ray Olszewski wrote:

> I recall some discussion here, a week or so ago, about using filtering
> rules, at the MTA level, to block the local delivery of "active content"
> components of messages ... the context was as a way of blocking the spread
> of things like the "ILOVEYOU" worm. Do you feel that such actions are
> equally inappropriate?

I personally have no problem of stripping non-text MIME parts from email
messages to mailing lists. But typically that's done by the mailing list
manager software and NOT the MTA. Thus, I'd have to concur with Derek's

> At 12:33 PM 5/15/00 -0700, Derek J. Balling wrote:
> >At 09:44 AM 5/15/00 -0700, Emmanuel-Robert Mayssat wrote:
> >>A better way to enforce 76 char/line would be to configure the MTA
> >>( mail server ) to do the job.
> >
> >No. An MTA must _NEVER_ dick with the contents of the message. The MTA does 
> >not know what standard is necessary for the content contained within, nor 
> >SHOULD it care. It is a TRANSPORT agent, just as the acronym states. It has 
> >nothing to do with CONTENT whatsoever.

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