Re: [ietf-822] message/partial - is it still a thing?

Richard Clayton <> Fri, 22 February 2019 01:05 UTC

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In message <>du>, writes

>Does any software out there still do message/partial?

mine does this just fine ... It's called Turnpike, but it's no longer
made available to new users -- it does both generating and reassembly on

>Is anything else out there able to do it, or is it time to heave it over the 

it was never widely possible to interwork with it and these days people
mail around multi-megabyte presentations without much difficulty (above
20MB you just don't reliably use email any more)

>(Probably need to double-check 'external-body' support too, but that's a 
>kettle of fish...)

Turnpike supports doing a fetch but cannot generate such emails ... the
only place I have ever seen this used is in IETF emails reporting the
issuing of RFCs or I-Ds ... and they seem to have stopped doing this
some years back

>And if it's time to heave it over the side, should an RFC deprecating or moving
>it to 'Historic' be done?

I doubt anyone would implement either today, but making them Historic
would clarify that

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