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    which package has "mimencode"?

    I'm looking for the program called "mimencode". This does the same MIME base-64 encoding/decoding that is done for MIME attachments for email and such. But it does it as a command for stdin/stdout suitable for use in scripts. On Slackware, it is in the "metamail-2.7" package. Ubuntu does have a package called "metamail" but it doesn't appear to be available. One of the dependencies shows that same version number.

    Code:
    lorentz/root /root 77# apt-get install metamail
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    Package metamail is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source
    
    E: Package 'metamail' has no installation candidate
    lorentz/root /root 78# aptitude show metamail
    No current or candidate version found for metamail
    Package: metamail
    State: not a real package
    
    lorentz/root /root 79# apt-cache dump | awk '{if($1=="Package:"){pre=$2;};print pre ":",$0}' | fgrep metamail
    slrn:   Depends: metamail (null)
    metamail: Package: metamail
    nmh:   Depends: metamail (null)
    tin:   Depends: metamail (null)
    mime-support:   Depends: metamail 2.7-44
    exmh:   Depends: metamail (null)
    crm114:   Depends: metamail (null)
    topal:   Depends: metamail (null)
    lorentz/root /root 80#
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    Re: which package has "mimencode"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skaperen View Post
    I'm looking for the program called "mimencode". This does the same MIME base-64 encoding/decoding that is done for MIME attachments for email and such. But it does it as a command for stdin/stdout suitable for use in scripts. On Slackware, it is in the "metamail-2.7" package. Ubuntu does have a package called "metamail" but it doesn't appear to be available. One of the dependencies shows that same version number.
    Well you can get it from:

    https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/lucid/+package/metamail

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    Re: which package has "mimencode"?

    Quote Originally Posted by anglican View Post
    So what's the deal with this not being available to just "apt-get install metamail"?
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    Re: which package has "mimencode"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skaperen View Post
    So what's the deal with this not being available to just "apt-get install metamail"?
    Looks like this package is no longer maintained. It's been removed from debian and there's no sign of any activity on it since 2008. Not sure what alternatives there are!

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    Re: which package has "mimencode"?

    Quote Originally Posted by anglican View Post
    Looks like this package is no longer maintained. It's been removed from debian and there's no sign of any activity on it since 2008. Not sure what alternatives there are!

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    If Ubuntu drops packages that are not maintained, what does that mean for a package that works fine and has no bugs? Would it be treated as "mot maintained" if no updates happen for years?
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    Re: which package has "mimencode"?

    Google sent me here with the same question, so here's an alternative I found (at least in debian):

    Code:
    $ munpack file
    tempdesc.txt: File exists
    xyz.pdf (application/octet-stream)
    
    $ apt-cache show mpack
    Package: mpack
    Priority: optional
    Section: mail
    Installed-Size: 84
    Maintainer: Anibal Monsalve Salazar <anibal@debian.org>
    Architecture: amd64
    Version: 1.6-6
    Depends: libc6 (>= 2.7-1)
    Suggests: mail-transport-agent, inews
    Filename: pool/main/m/mpack/mpack_1.6-6_amd64.deb
    Size: 41850
    MD5sum: d674d9dbfa600464a626e65fbc054e67
    SHA1: 3436217fb7f6734cf8264e1a979bc57036a4e3a5
    SHA256: b570f68f30aa868297d4ebc1e8c7b857276a3e064e9c6d4252d9e7cfc48ceff8
    Description: tools for encoding/decoding MIME messages
     Mpack and munpack are utilities for encoding and decoding
     (respectively) binary files in MIME (Multipurpose Internet
     Mail Extensions) format mail messages. For compatibility
     with older forms of transferring binary files, the munpack
     program can also decode messages in split-uuencoded format.
    Homepage: ftp://ftp.andrew.cmu.edu/pub/mpack/
    Tag: interface::commandline, role::program, scope::utility, use::storing, works-with::archive, works-with::mail

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    Re: which package has "mimencode"?

    Quote Originally Posted by bluesterror View Post
    Google sent me here with the same question, so here's an alternative I found (at least in debian):

    Code:
    $ munpack file
    tempdesc.txt: File exists
    xyz.pdf (application/octet-stream)
    
    $ apt-cache show mpack
    Package: mpack
    Priority: optional
    Section: mail
    Installed-Size: 84
    Maintainer: Anibal Monsalve Salazar <anibal@debian.org>
    Architecture: amd64
    Version: 1.6-6
    Depends: libc6 (>= 2.7-1)
    Suggests: mail-transport-agent, inews
    Filename: pool/main/m/mpack/mpack_1.6-6_amd64.deb
    Size: 41850
    MD5sum: d674d9dbfa600464a626e65fbc054e67
    SHA1: 3436217fb7f6734cf8264e1a979bc57036a4e3a5
    SHA256: b570f68f30aa868297d4ebc1e8c7b857276a3e064e9c6d4252d9e7cfc48ceff8
    Description: tools for encoding/decoding MIME messages
     Mpack and munpack are utilities for encoding and decoding
     (respectively) binary files in MIME (Multipurpose Internet
     Mail Extensions) format mail messages. For compatibility
     with older forms of transferring binary files, the munpack
     program can also decode messages in split-uuencoded format.
    Homepage: ftp://ftp.andrew.cmu.edu/pub/mpack/
    Tag: interface::commandline, role::program, scope::utility, use::storing, works-with::archive, works-with::mail
    It doesn't have "mimencode". It does have "mpack". But that doesn't work the same way. At adds headers as part of the encoding (I want the encoding alone). The "munpack" program (instead of "mimencode -u") can't handle a file with just the encoding.
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    Re: which package has "mimencode"?

    Since I've passed a long time looking for "mimencode" for Debian Squeeze, I've found that the "xemacs21-bin" package provides "mmencode". Just add a symlink and you're right.

    Works for me

    Rel.

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    Re: which package has "mimencode"?

    Old thread closed, please don't bump old threads.

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