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Fighting with my POP3/Mimeparser library

03.29.09 | 6 Comments

Here’s the thing. I am using a pop3 mailbox to allow customers to send images to my application. The application parses all incoming mail, strips the attachments and uploads them into the application.

I started out using standard .NET stuff, but soon found out that that didn’t support the full MIME tree (that was 2 years ago, so if it does now please let me know). I then switched to OpenPOP.NET which was a little better but still insufficient for the MIME parsing. After a while I ended up using the OpenPOP.NET POP3 client in combination with the MIME e-mail parser in the NandoF library.

This combination worked very well for me over the last 2 years, but recently I’ve been receiving customer complaints about messages not getting through. I debugged the messages and it turned they had faults in the MIME formatting. Strangely enough gmail doesn’t seem to care and displays them anyway. So I figured I should too. And that’s pretty much where I am now. Both OpenPOP.NET and the NandoF library haven’t evolved since 2005. The OpenPOP.NET lib simply dumps the faulty messages on download and the NandoF lib doesn’t support SSL connections.

I choose to dump the OpenPOP.Net lib and expanded the NandoF lib to support SSL connections. 15 minutes ago I pin-pointed the MIME error, so all that is left to do is to fix it. I’ll let you know when I do…   �


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