[gridengine users] Characters in admin mail forcing contenttype octect-stream

Kevin.Buckley at ecs.vuw.ac.nz Kevin.Buckley at ecs.vuw.ac.nz
Thu Aug 4 00:21:33 UTC 2011

Hi there,

The majority of machines in the School's Grid here at VUW have
been switched, from the previous NetBSD OS, over to an ArchLinux

I have noticed that admin mail, eg notification of a failed job,
from the Grid Engine (GE 6.2u2_1, ok, ok, it's old) which used
to appear as a single text message body, trips the base64
encoding in the ArchLinux's heirloom-mailx MDA and so you
no longer get plain text.

Looking at the admin email content, the characters that result
in such an encoding being required, are ones appearing in lines
such as

07/24/2011 15:34:50 [96:15007]: RLIMIT_CPU setting: (soft 0INFINITY hard
0INFINITY) resulting: (soft 0INFINITY hard 0INFINITY)

and seem to be, Ctrl-H  #x8

Any insight as to why these characters are there, and could their
place not be taken by something "plainer" ?

Just wondering,

Kevin M. Buckley                                  Room:  CO327
School of Engineering and                         Phone: +64 4 463 5971
 Computer Science
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand

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