[nos-bbs] Sending Mail via wl2k to internet address using Thunderbird
peter at mccorison.com
Mon May 16 17:59:50 EDT 2016
Maiko and all:
Here in San Juan County, WA, we have four Auxiliary Comms stations
located on three different islands. We cannot rely on internet to
communicate among the stations, but can pretty reliably reach a mainland
RMS station to relay mail to regular internet addresses. All comms are
radio only; there's no internet at the stations.
We use Thunderbird to send and receive emails among the stations and
receive emails from internet addresses via winlink. The reason for this
requirement is that our small populations leave us depending on
relatively unskilled operators. All this works as expected except
sending emails via wl2k to ordinary internet addresses.
Sending an email from Thunderbird to a standard internet address
requires 'SMTP:' in front of the normal address going to wl2k. The
resulting address is not rfc-822 compliant, so Thunderbird turns the
SMTP:<user> part of the address into a quoted string. When this is
forwarded to wl2k, the address is not recognized and the message is dropped.
The upshot is that after receipt by the JNOS SMTP server we need to
rewrite the actual <To:> address in the email to remove the quotes. All
of the rewrite facilities in JNOS seem to apply only to the internal
address used for forwarding and delivery.
Am I missing something here or is this a real problem? I would be happy
to hear any suggestions or work-arounds.
Might it make sense to simply remove double quotes from addresses at the
SMTP server threshold? I can't think of a circumstance where they would
be used in sending mail direct from the BBS.
73 - Peter, K2SPR
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