Release Digest: GNU, June 28, 2004
Jun 29, 2004, 04:45 (0 Talkback[s])
The Mailutils team is pleased to announce the release of GNU
Mailutils 0.5. The release is available by anonymous FTP from
and from mirrors worldwide -- see <http://www.gnu.org/order/ftp.html>.
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Mailutils is a collection of utilities for handling electronic
mail. It contains a series of useful mail clients and servers built
around the single core library.
Specifically, the package contains a pop3, an imap4 server, a
sieve mail filter, and a movemail program. It also provides a POSIX
`mailx' client, and a collection of other tools. All programs are
capable of reading and storing mail in a variety of formats.
More information about the package is available from the
Please email bugs or suggestions to <email@example.com>.
Following is the list of user-visible changes in this
- New features:
- Autodetection of local folder formats.
"Local" is a format of mail folder that uses local disk
(possibly via NFS) as its storage medium. Currently mailutils is
able to handle three local formats: UNIX mailbox, MH and Maildir.
Usually these are specified using a corresponding URL prefix.
However, if an absolute path name is given instead of a fully
qualified URL, mailutils tries to autodetect the format of the
folder in question and handle it appropriately (previous versions
of mailutils assumed the folder to be in UNIX mailbox format).
- movemail: new program
Moves mail from the user maildrop (remote or local) to the local
file. It supports all mailbox formats, supported by mailutils.
- Support for "maildir" format.
- Considerably improved debugging diagnostics.
- New sieve extension tests:
spamd - An interface to SpamAssassin daemon
list - Test headers, structured as lists of values.
timestamp - Compares headers containing dates.
- Support for -a option (append header)
- New command 'sendheaders' allows to pre-set the headers to be
added to the message.
- New commands 'sender' and 'nosender' allow to set up a list of
header fields used to determine the sender of the message.
- New variable 'xmailer' controls whether an X-Mailer header
should be added to outgoing messages.
- New variables 'datefield' and 'emptystart' for compatibility
- New variable 'decode-fallback' controls how to represent the
characters that cannot be rendered using current character
- Support for -t option (read recipients from the message). This
fixes the bug reported lately where mail.remote sends mail to all
addresses in the message, not just the addresses explicitly listed
on the command line.
- New option --login-delay. Support for login-delay
- New option --undelete. Forces pop3d to clear deletion marks
from all messages after opening the mailbox.
- Bug fixes:
- Fixed incorrect handling of underscores in Quoted-Printable
- rfc2047_decode() takes into account input and output character
- (formataddr): Fixed checking for duplicate addresses.
- Do not save delete marks when exiting on timeout.
- Fixed bug that prevented SASL from working over a TLS encrypted
- IDLE works on TLS connections.