[Users] [Bug 3457] broken winmail.dat attachments cause crash

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--- Comment #14 from MD <crxssi at hotmail.com> ---
(In reply to comment #13)
> (In reply to comment #8)
> > I have looked into finding
> > some alternative and I can't find anything that will not create a nightmare.
> I can't help with the nightmares, sorry. Here is a list of Debian
> packages with "tnef" in their descriptions. Some might be useful.

There are working alternatives for something outside of Claws, but the
"nightmare" part is dealing with users, who will not understand that
"winmail.dat" is actually some type of funky archive and they have to open it
(using some type of external app-launching script I would presumably create). 
(I have a hard enough time with users and plain .zip files).  It doesn't help
that utilities that go by extension will not be impressed by ".dat" (geeze,
couldn't they have at least used ".tnef" or something sane??)

The Claws TNEF plugin is really slick because it somehow decodes what is in the
TNEF and presents it to the user as regular attachments.  It is very intuitive.

I should emphasize that although it is annoying that there are tnef attachments
that will crash the plugin, my issue is Claws crashing with it and the
subsequent inability to use Claws anymore without Admin assistance.  If
"bad"/failed tnef messages were somehow left undecoded or skipped
(imported/displayed as-is with winmail.dat left alone), that would be fine with
me (since for now it seems like only a few of those cause this issue).

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