Status of support for ms-tnef winmail.dat

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Status of support for ms-tnef winmail.dat

Ambrogio De Lorenzo
Hi all,
I'm looking for support on ms-tnef files.
I receive everytime from a company - that use Microsoft Exchange :-( -
emails that has everytime the winmail.dat attachment.

Sometimes the email is only text, and I can see it with evo, but
sometimes there are some attachment.

I can't understand if the winmail contains usefull data because
Evolution is not able to show the content of this email.
Naturally, I can open it with ktnef, but it's another job.

I used kmail to see if it was ok, and with it I can read the entire
message without external jobs.

On the Web I found that ytnef can be the solution, but I installed it
and nothing changed.
Maybe there is a plugin to be enabled or installed, but I can't found
something like that on Fedora 26.

Can someone explain me the status?

Tnx to all
 Ambrogio
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Re: Status of support for ms-tnef winmail.dat

Andre Klapper
On Wed, 2017-10-04 at 13:14 +0200, Ambrogio De Lorenzo wrote:
> On the Web I found that ytnef can be the solution, but I installed it
> and nothing changed.
> Maybe there is a plugin to be enabled or installed, but I can't found
> something like that on Fedora 26.
>
> Can someone explain me the status?

An Evolution plugin / module can be enabled when compiling Evo:
https://git.gnome.org/browse/evolution/tree/CMakeLists.txt#n411
It is up to distributions whether they enable it when packaging.

andre
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Re: Status of support for ms-tnef winmail.dat

Milan Crha
On Wed, 2017-10-04 at 13:31 +0200, Andre Klapper wrote:
> It is up to distributions whether they enable it when packaging.

        Hi,
that's true and Evolution in Fedora has that plugin disabled:
http://pkgs.fedoraproject.org/cgit/rpms/evolution.git/tree/evolution.spec?h=f26#n243

It's possibly related to:
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=521662

There are some (private) comments about poor code quality of the
libytnef (dating back to 2010), which might be the reason why it had
been disabled in Fedora. Maybe I can enable it and split it into a
separate subpackage, then it will be installed only if needed by the
user. If you do not mind, I'd rather do that with a reference to a
Fedora bug, thus it'll be searchable and will have some history, thus,
if you can, file a bug in Fedora's bugzilla against Evolution to enable
the ytnef plugin, please, and I'll do it.
        Thanks and bye,
        Milan
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