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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000663.txt from 1997/09

From: Mark Charette <>
Subj: ms-tnef stuff on messages
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 1997 22:47:45 -0400

To someone who said that they didn't know but kind of thought it
might be a Unix thing - that was clueless ...
but, since they indicated they play(ed) with TECO - all is forgiven -
this time :^)

The ms-tnef attachment is created by Microsoft Exchange, the e-mail
program which comes with Windows 95. It contains formatting
information only and no new content so you can safely ignore this
attachment in mail you receive.

However, it would even be *nicer* if people who use Microsoft
Exchange could configure their mailer to *not* send the tnef
attachment. I know it can be done, but I'm not a Microsoft
Exchange weenie - I only know enough to get rid of it and all
associated files on my toy machine at home.

As to mail messages coming in out of order - yes, they do.
E-mail is stochastic in nature - there are only probabilities
that things will come in order. Routes from here to there change
moment by moment.

The Klarinet listserver sends them out in the right order
(or something *very* strange is happening in the time continuum),
but the question part gets held up somewhere (possibly a mail
relay is overused and is queuing the outgoing mail up). The reply
may go an alternate route, especially if the first mail relay
stops responding to new mail messages.

The resident Klarinet Unix weenie,
Mark Charette "How can you be in two places at once when you're not anywhere at all?" - Firesign Theater

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