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From "Tobin Juday (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (EMAIL-97) Content type multipart issues
Date Wed, 14 Jul 2010 15:58:53 GMT


Tobin Juday commented on EMAIL-97:

So... gotta be honest here. 

I hacked up a fix to test it out with the rest of my system, and I found that with the "correct"
multiparts, my replies still weren't coming through. After some more investigation, I found
a stupid bug in our system that was deliberately throwing away the original email from the

After removing that code, I found that the original text comes through just fine in either
case, whether or not the multipart/alternative is wrapped in a multipart/mixed or not. 

So, this fix is suddenly not so important to me. There still may be some value to producing
output similar to other clients, but if there's a good reason to include the multipart/mixed,
we might not want to remove it. Everything seems to work fine with it. 

Sorry for the red herring. I'd still be willing to test this if we do decide to move forward
with this issue.

> Content type multipart issues
> -----------------------------
>                 Key: EMAIL-97
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Email
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 1.2
>            Reporter: Tobin Juday
> When Commons sends out an HTML email, it sends a multipart/mixed section which contains
a multipart/alternative, which then contains the text/plain and text/html sections.  When
I send out a similar messages from other apps (Thunderbird/, they just send out the
multipart/alternative section, it's not wrapped in the multipart/mixed.
> This is causing problems when recipients try to reply to one of these emails.  The email
clients aren't quoting the original text in the reply email.
> I'm not sure if this is necessarily a bug, the emails display fine in all the different
clients, but I'm wondering if there's some way to get rid of the multipart/mixed section.
> Just for clarification, I've included some links for what emails from different clients
look like.
> Commons:
> Thunderbird:
> If Commons could match what other clients send, I think that would be good.

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