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Subject: Re: 1. Digests RFC? 2. Truncated Digests Mystery
From: Rich Zellich <zellich @ STL-17LSSC . ARMY . MIL>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 98 9:01:11 CDT
To: List-Managers @ GreatCircle . COM

It's hard to believe a single period on a line by itself could get
by as far as sending out a digest.  It would take more than _one_
MTA along the way to not handle it correctly, it would take _every_
relay point not handling it correctly.

However, how about either a NULL or a CTL-Z?  The behavior of individual
systems will vary on either of those, including the choices of:

   1) being ignored as if they weren't there;

   2) being translated to a printable char. sequence (my mail-reading
      system does this);

   3) not being handled correctly and causing premature truncation of
      the message.

The NULL is probably the better guess, because taken as an end-of-string/
end-of-line indicator, it could cause the trailing text to be munged.
The CTL-Z would just indicate end-of-file, and you would _never_ see
any trailing text.

On the other hand, it's easier to imagine her using a text editor in
her mailer that inserts DOS-style CTL-Z end-of-file characters, than
a message-ending NULL.

Another guess heard from...
-Rich


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