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On our campus network, I was sending e-mails via the SMTP server but the messages never reached the intended recipients, nor did I receive any error messages. The messages just vanished. And the problem only occured with the college's SMTP server, not my local ISP, or .mac, etc. After fruitless conversations with our IT folks trying to convince them that it wasn't an "OS X problem" (of course they pronounced it OS "ex"), and that the problem most likely resided with the SMTP server, I decided to eliminate my vCard from my signature line. Sure enough, all messages are now traveling to their destination unimpeded.

Once I discovered this problem, I informed our IT department that the problem indeed rests with SMTP settings deleting my messages when unable to separate the message from the vCard. Of course their response was to verify that the SMTP server is configured in this manner ... with no plans to change things. Makes lots of sense, eh?!
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I thought it *was* OS 'ex'
Authored by: notmatt on Oct 02, '03 11:45:40AM

Anyway, this actually is partially an OSX problem - I've found Mail does some odd things with attachments. The fact that most clients are able to figure them out is because they're built to deal with malformed messages, it is not evidence that the message is good.

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Missing outbound e-mail caused by vCard signature
Authored by: david-bo on Oct 03, '03 07:10:26AM

I stumbled into a similar problem with my ISP:s smtp, when I replied on a recipient-request (dispositon-notification-to ?) sent from a PC with Outlook (Express?) it refused to accept the mail, solely based on the subject-line. No idea why?

I then tunnelled smtp to my universities smtp which accepted the mail. However, a day or two later, the postmaster-address at that smtp was flooded with error messages (200+) regarding this message. I still have no idea why this happened:-(

Any suggestions?


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attachment problems
Authored by: aquem2002 on Oct 09, '03 02:05:44AM

hi, im using outlook express and SMTP in the office, my question is , everytime i send emails with attachment from office to my mac (at the house) attachments will be converted to "mime attachments" i.e. jpeg.. do you know any solution for this? thanks ..alfonso

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*News Flash*
Authored by: stilesja on Oct 03, '03 03:30:13PM

The people who actually care that you speak OS X as O S Ten are the people who didn't see the reason to move to unix.

Lets see "Macintosh Oh Ess Ten, Ten Point Three" Yeah that sounds right... I know Jobs said otherwise, but to every Unix guy who bought a Mac, he got it because of the X not the 10...

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Update on: Missing outbound e-mail caused by vCard signature
Authored by: matthewfritz on Nov 15, '03 10:46:15AM

I've now discovered the problem exists with all attachments in our particular environment. By enabling PostFix, I'm now able to send e-mail with attachments without trouble. For those who may blame Mail, think again. Entourage, GyazMail, and any other e-mail client I try results in the same problem. Other users using OSX have a similar problem. After three months, ITS has decided to set up a test machine in an effort to duplicate and trace the problem.

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