[MlMt] text/plain?

Sam Hathaway list.mailmate at munkynet.org
Sat Apr 6 21:14:18 EDT 2019

I don’t think this is an encoding issue. I think it’s an issue with 
the original source of the text in the email. (It looks like it was 
possibly copied from a terminal interface of some sort… is that 

In the terminal, you can use `tr` to fix this:

tr '\xA0' ' ' < mymail.txt > mymail.fixed.txt

If that’s not your bag, a sufficiently advanced text editor should be 
able to take care of it. In BBEdit (my editor of choice) this will do 

Find: `\x{A0}`
Replace: ` ` <-a single space character
Grep: on

By the way, the BBEdit command “Zap Gremlins” can take care of all 
sorts of weird characters for you. I use it habitually when receiving 
“text” from questionable sources. Other text editors may have 
similar functionality.

Hope this helps!

On 6 Apr 2019, at 7:27, Randy Bush wrote:

> i receive an email
>     User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.14; rv:52.0)
>      Gecko/20100101 PostboxApp/6.1.13
>     MIME-Version: 1.0
>     Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252; format=flowed
>     Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
>     Content-Language: en-US
> the text has funny space characters that i see if i save the text to
> disk and look at it with less
>     <A0>0.<A0><A0> flo....: 2.31 2018.11.03
>      <A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0> 1.<A0><A0> CLIMATE 
>      <A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0> * (N)ew 
> (M)odify (D)elete..: N
>      <A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0><A0> 2. * NAME OF CLOUD: 
> cumulus
> i presume the sender is thunderbird and they have created the text 
> with
> some sort of windows encoding on a mac?
> how can i save the content as vanilla ascii text?
> randy
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