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UPOPMAIL and aol.com
05 Sep 2017
11:08 am
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Iain Sharp
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We have a customer who is complaining that customers of theirs with aol.com addresses are not getting mails sent from our system with attachments showing the attachment, and are instead seeing mime encoded text. 

Some research indicates that aol.com addresses require their headers for mime encoded emails to be absolutely ‘perfect’ by  their standards. 

Has anyone else encountered an issue sending to aol.com addresses? Is there a particular workaround to be able to attach PDFs correctly? 

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Iain

05 Sep 2017
11:28 am
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Arjen van Vliet
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Hi Iain,

I have no direct answer to your question, but AOL apparently offers free accounts (so you can test this behaviour).

Cheers,
Arjen

05 Sep 2017
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Iain Sharp
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I am in the process of doing so, unfortunately, I have no valid zip code, so the best I can get is an aol.co.uk account, and emails to this appear to work. I am getting the customer to set up a dummy account for me on their system so we can send me an invoice and see if it’s their server, or the invoice print directly which fails. 

Copy invoices and other emails work to this account.  Frown

05 Sep 2017
12:05 pm
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Back in the day, when in need of a US Zip code for test purposes, I always used:
1 Campus Martius
48226
Detroit MI
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05 Sep 2017
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 1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613

Worked fine for the Blues Brothers !

05 Sep 2017
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Both good addresses, if the aol.co.uk test fails I may try those. 

I was hoping someone would have encountered the problem, because I know the UPOPMAIL headers etc are pretty inflexible, so even if I work out what the issue is, I’m not sure I can fix it…. 

05 Sep 2017
3:43 pm
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I’m wondering if this will work. We know Uniface doesn’t support Hotmail and Office365, and it’s related to security. 

We’ve talked about this at user groups and so on as part of the work we want to do on Security. We’ve not picked this up off the backlog yet. I expect it to start after the TLS driver is completed. 

I’m aware we need to do more in regards to functionality, I’m envisioning a new uPopMail, and keeping the current one for compatibility purposes, similar to what we did with LDAP. 

05 Sep 2017
3:48 pm
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It’s not using aol as an smtp server, it’s purely sending mails to it as a client. So it shouldn’t make a difference. 

However, there are threads online about AOL requiring the MIME encoding parts of the email to be letter perfect in terms of the MIME part name and the number of carriage returns and ; signs. So I wonder if the UPOPMAIL encoding is somehow wrong. 

So far my tests on aol.co.uk indicate I can send mails with attachments fine. I’m organising tests on aol.com jusing the zip codes above. 

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