SUMMARY: MIME format e-mail

From: Fred Berns (
Date: Sat Jun 24 1995 - 07:21:57 CDT


Is anyone familiar with software that can easily read MIME-encoded

Well, you've disappointed me. I only received 37 responses...

Most Recommended programs include:
        mh (and its gui exmh)

Others include:
        eudura (MS-Windows)
        Z mail (commerical)

Some said mailtool can read MIME, as can CC:Mail on the PC. Is this in
Solaris 2.x?

Comments about the packages are below.

Thanks to all the repsonders, including:
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Their comments:

MH, available from (I think, archie knows). There's
also an X frontend called exmh that's pretty nice.

"exmh" is supposed to be pretty good. Of course you have to install MH
TCL/TK first. Exmh should be in in

exmh - still a bit rough around the edges, I think

munpack is a command line program which will decode
mime files.

pine is a unix-based mailer which deals with mime.

eudura is a windows-based mailer which deals with mime.
try pine or elm. you should be able to get both from or
get pine from

then get the metamail package from

Get pine (I am running 3.91) which handles MIME attachments very well.

Well, I'm an "mh" die hard, so the obvious choise would be exmh by
Brent Welch. It's a TCL/TK fronted for the "standard" mh commands.
It's a
very nice package. O'Reilley has a big book about mh, xmh and exmh,
which I guess could be useful.

In any case, in order to use exmh, you need these packages, at least:

   tk - " -
   metamail [mm2.7]

I would also recommend having a look at "emil", which can convert
between different kind of "multi-media" mail. I use it to automagically
convert any Sun/Mailtool messsage to MIME message, very useful! Find
it at:


I know of mpack.
I have used a PC version of the stuff, but the Unix version should
be available too at:
under the directory:

The following package works very well with MIME.

Product Information About Z-Mail 3.2

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Lite, and MediaMail are trademarks of Network Computing Devices, Inc.,
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Another tool is EXMH (but it requires MH and XMH), available at:

Sure; MH, XMH, EXMH, MHE come to Mind. (No, that Expert's not
The big Problem that made me NOT install these yet is that they use
different Folder Formats than OW mailtool does: Mail=File, Folder=Dir,
Mails from Spool File /usr/spool/mail/$USER get moved to User's mbox;
mailtool uses Folder=File, Mails stay in Spool File. In Addition, they
don't allow *sending* (but, in newer Versions, *receiving*) SUN

PINE is a good mail reader that understands MIME. I also have
notices that the mailtool in Solaris2.3 seems to work well too. I know
PINE is available on the net at in /packages/mail/pine
least that is were it was when I got it).

Use pine, a bitch to compile (at least on my system) but has a lot
of nice features

There are plenty of mail readers supporting MIME, so I don't know which
one would help you best. For one, you can use elm (it's available
ftp from various places - you might have to use archie or something for
exact locations; I don't remember where I had got it from).

Yes! There is a program we use at NASA called PINE. MIME capability was
added to version 3 (I use version 3.05). Here are the pertinent
Questions about PINE:

The reader I am using to reply to this (Ishmail) is MIME compliant. See
the mail header for info on how to obtain a demo copy.

Zmail from NCD. Check for a sample copy.

I believe the programs are called: metamail, etc.

Try going to 'telnet"

and do a search on metamail.

Stephen Hauskins

Try the following:

        Commercial: Z-mail
        Free: MetaMail & exmh

        Zmail is marketed by NCD . Exmh is found in
and requires a number of things:
(From their README file)
Find TCL and TK on
Find MH on
Find Metamail (for MIME support, including 8-bit charsets) on
Find Faces on
Expect is available as
    pub/expect/expect.tar.Z from
Japanization patch for Tcl and Tk
    tcl7.3jp-patch.gz, tcl7.3jp-update1.gz, tcl7.3jp-update2.gz,
    tk3.6jp-patch.gz, tk3.6jp-update1.gz, tk3.6jp-update2.gz.
    It seems that they will move the archives to near
Find Glimpse, the full text search engine, at University of Arizona:

we use ELM with extensions provided by metamail. The latter basically
supports MIME... ELM is aware of metamail so getting the two to work
together is not bad.

Fred H. Berns, Systems Manager
Kestnbaum & Company Chicago, Illinois
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