Petrus de Calguarium
kwhiskerz at gmail.com
Tue Jul 27 02:04:14 UTC 2010
> Petrus de Calguarium <kwhiskerz at ...> writes:
>> When I receive system mail, I read it on the command line with the 'mail'
> program. It appears to be called
>> Heirloom Mail version 12.4 7/29/08.
>> Now, as I scroll down, I see that the system mail is sent as:
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ANSI_X3.4-1968"
>> However, my system is set up to use UTF-8. Why is this charset wrong, or
> respecting my system setting? How
>> can I get it corrected?
> $ man mail
> A comma-separated list of character set names that can be
> in Internet mail. When a message that contains characters
> representable in US-ASCII is prepared for sending, mailx
> tries to convert its text to each of the given character
> sets in order
> and uses the first appropriate one. The default is ‘utf-8’.
> Character sets assigned to this variable should be ordered
> ascending complexity. That is, the list should start with
> ‘iso-8859-1’ for compatibility with older mail clients,
> contain some other language-specific character sets, and
> should end with ‘utf-8’ to handle messages that combine
> texts in multi- ple languages.
> $ cat /etc/mail.rc
> # Outgoing messages are sent in ISO-8859-1 if all their characters are
> # representable in it, otherwise in UTF-8.
> set sendcharsets=iso-8859-1,utf-8
Ok, thanks. I believe this helped. Obviously, it is not a huge deal, but since fedora has utf-8 as system default, I always wondered why system mail was not delievered in utf-8. I edited mail.rc and will see if my next system mail is in utf-8. :-)
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