Re: fcc and external attachments

Subject: Re: fcc and external attachments

Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2022 08:47:01 -0400

To: Alfredo Finelli,


From: David Bremner

Alfredo Finelli <> writes:

> Since notmuch version 0.35 the emacs interface is not respecting this
> configuration variable setting any more:
>   (setq message-fcc-externalize-attachments t)
> With earlier versions I used to get fcc copies in my sent folder where
> each attachment was replaced by a reference to the external file that was
> attached (Content-Type: message/external-body, etc.).  After upgrading to
> 0.35, without changing the configuration, the fcc copies of sent messages
> include instead the complete attachments.
> I am not sure if this is a bug or if my configuration is not supported any
> more.

It seems likely this is an unintended consequence of

Since notmuch-emacs does it's own Fcc processing, it's a bit
hit-and-miss whether a given message-fcc-* variable is respected. I'll
have a look at how hard it is to fix, but first I need a reliable recipe
for triggering the externalization in message-mode (i.e. without
involving notmuch).  I tried in emacs -q, customize
message-fcc-externalize-attachments, and running M-x compose-mail, but
that still saved the whole attachments. Maybe it was the type of
attachement or something, I don't understand it yet.

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