mailing list conversion

Paul Mather paul at
Thu Jun 10 00:41:22 UTC 2021

On Sat, 5 Jun 2021 23:08:03 -0400, Robert Huff <roberthuff at> wrote:

> Message: 2
> Date: Sat, 5 Jun 2021 23:08:03 -0400
> From: Robert Huff <roberthuff at>
> To: questions at
> Subject: mailing list conversion
> Message-ID: <24764.15379.566470.442268 at>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
> 	So ...
> 	I just my first digest from current@ in (guessing) two weeks.
> 	There were ~45 messages, dated from May 30 to earlier today.
> 	Question: is that really all the traffic on that list during that
> period?  I was used to getting roughly one difgest per day.
> 	When my mail reader (vm under Emacs) disassembled the old digest
> I got the messages and the table of contents disappeared.
> 	With the new digest, I get the ToC as a message with zero header
> info which then gets dumped at a random place in the inbox.  (Content
> is appended.)  I liked the old way _much_ better.  Is it possible to
> copy the old behavior?

The only freebsd-current@ digests I've received recently have been, a) few and far between, and b) basically unusable. :-(

I get something similar to what you describe: a TOC labelled "Topics" and then the associated messages all run together with no header information associated with each message, so it's impossible to know where one message ends and another begins.  Furthermore, this digest comes from "freebsd-current+help at". :-\

It is the only digest I get that is currently formatted that way.  Maybe the others have not been converted over to the new mailing list software that freebsd-current@ is using?  Like you, I like the old way *much* better.

I get the old digests as 'Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"'.  The new freebsd-current@ comes to me as 'Content-Type: multipart/digest; boundary=...'.  It's not clear to me how I can modify my subscription to get a plain text digest for freebsd-current@ (or even switch off digest delivery) as my MUA can't make much sense of the current format. The 'List-Archive:' indicated in the mail headers right now is a site that doesn't work (links result in 404 responses). :-(



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