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

peter dalgaard pdalgd at gmail.com
Mon Feb 20 19:45:18 CET 2017

Not by the mail server as such, no, at least not for that reason. However, T-bird likely sends .txt as text/plain and .R as application/octet-stream (or so) and _therefore_ the server eliminates the latter and lets the former pass.


> On 20 Feb 2017, at 15:45 , Rui Barradas <ruipbarradas at sapo.pt> wrote:
> Hello,
> 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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