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Double Dot Stuffingby skazat (Chaplain)
|on Oct 04, 2020 at 18:17 UTC||Need Help??|
skazat has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
My time in the forest alone writing poetry about nature has been long, but a curious question has crossed my path, and I find myself again in this bustling city.
A user of mine is sending emails that are received with broken URLs. Dots are removed. I suspect a broken sendmail implementation, that's not doing its job dot stuffing, when it finds a dot as the first character of a line, for example:
To me, this seems correct.
One option for me as the app owner is to do this dot stuffing myself, which I am very much against, as I feel it's a hack to a broken system upstream. And I'll probably do it wrong - or at least do it badly. I'll have users now with broken links - but only because there's now too many dots!
Another option is to encode this myself so, "." turns into, "=2E". But, I don't see any way to do this through the tool chain. Looking at the docs for MIME::QuotedPrint, there is no option to encode dots, nor are there any similar options in MIME::Entity, nor is the issue brought up in Net::SMTP. This makes me think that all the authors of all these modules in the tool chain understand this problem better than I, and there was a concerted effort to not do this, "newline starts with a dot encoding".
The only thing similar to this that I have found is that lines that only have a single dot are encoded, stopping the SMTP server from truncating a message, like so:
So, am I missing something obvious? are there solutions that anyone else has come to, to appease broken SMTP clients without needing to post filtering output from MIME::Entity?