[R] R scripts attached to e-mails - correct MIME type ?!

Rui Barradas ruipbarradas at sapo.pt
Mon Feb 20 15:45:56 CET 2017


I use Mozilla Thunderbird and I don't see a way of teaching it about the 
mime type.
My understanding is that files with the .R extension are eliminated by 
the r-help mail server, but .txt pass. Is this correct?

Rui Barradas

Em 20-02-2017 14:15, Martin Maechler escreveu:
>>>>>> Rui Barradas <ruipbarradas at sapo.pt>
>>>>>>      on Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:47:02 +0000 writes:
>      > Helo, No attachment came through. Change the file
>      > extension from .R to .txt and resend, there aren't many
>      > types of files r-help accepts.
>      > Rui Barradas
> As a matter of fact, one would have to blame the e-mail program
> you use.  The file extension is *not* equivalent to the file
> type, and the mailing list software accepts the (MIME) type  text/plain
> and a couple of others.
> The problem with most modern e-mail clients/programs/apps/... is that
> they use something you could translate as  "unknown binary format"
> as type for their attachments if they can't guess the correct
> file type from the file extension.
> It would be interesting to know (for me) if there are modern
> e-mail programs / web apps which you could *teach* about the
> mime type, e.g., for all files ending with extension '.R'...
> Martin Maechler
> ETH Zurich, Seminar fuer Statistik,
> == the provider of all the (standard) R mailing lists.
>      > Em 17-02-2017 17:20, Allan Tanaka escreveu:
>      >> ....
>      >> ....  See attached for R script

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