General-Purpose Mail Package
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decodemail– Decode multipart messages
decodemail utility is a filter program that reads
messages from the input mailbox, decodes “textual” parts of each
multipart message from a base64- or quoted-printable encoding to an
8-bit or 7-bit transfer encoding, and stores the processed messages in
the output mailbox. All messages from the input mailbox are stored in
the output, regardless of whether a change was made.
The message parts deemed to be textual are those whose ‘Content-Type’ header matches a predefined, or user-defined, mime type pattern. In addition, encoded pieces of the ‘From:’, ‘To:’, ‘Subject:’, etc., headers are decoded.
decodemail makes this transformation:
Subject: =?utf-8?Q?The=20Baroque=20Enquirer=20|=20July=202020?= ⇒ Subject: The Baroque Enquirer | July 2020
The built-in list of textual content type patterns is:
text/* application/*shell application/shellscript */x-csrc */x-csource */x-diff */x-patch */x-perl */x-php */x-python */x-sh
These strings are matched as shell globbing patterns (see glob in glob(7) manual page).
More patterns can be added to this list using the
mime.text-type configuration statement.
See mime statement, for a detailed discussion, and the
configuration section below for a simple example.
When processing old mesages you may encounter ‘Content-Type’ headers whose value contains only type, but no subtype. To match such headers, use the pattern without ‘/whatever’ part. E.g. ‘text/*’ matches ‘text/plain’ and ‘text/html’, but does not match ‘text’. On the other hand, ‘t*xt’ does not match ‘text/plain’, but does match ‘text’.
Optionally, the decoded parts can be converted to another character set. By default, the character set is not changed.
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