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Weird Outlook Express bug - anyone else experienced this?

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I'm at work trying to code an email confirmation of order into my shopping cart. The upshot of this experiment is that I've discovered that the latest version of Outlook Express (I use Thunderbird for my own mail) on my system renders all messages, be they sent by itself or PHP, as attachments. I've tested this with two different servers and got the same result. Thunderbird renders these same messages with no problems.

Has anyone else experienced this?

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No, but it sounds like either "malformed" MIME encoded parts or it's PGP-encrypted or some such.

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Thanks for the reply Arioch. That was what I initially suspected myself, but one server I tested was a national and popular ISP. One would expect they would know if there was a server side issue involved.

It even affects plain text. Here's the source of a plain text message sent by OE itself to said ISP and back.

Return-Path: <joeltest@ihug.co.nz>
Delivered-To: joeltest@backend.pop.ihug.co.nz
Received: (qmail 9985 invoked from network); 2 Mar 2004 20:44:31 -0000
Received: from grunt7.ihug.co.nz (
by mail2.ihug.co.nz with SMTP; 2 Mar 2004 20:44:31 -0000
Received: from (Laptop) []
by grunt7.ihug.co.nz with smtp (Exim 3.35 #1 (Debian))
id 1AyGkf-0004gl-00; Wed, 03 Mar 2004 09:44:29 +1300
Message-ID: <002701c40097$3ed6c220$e400a8c0@Laptop>
From: "ihug Test" <joeltest@ihug.co.nz>
To: <joeltest@ihug.co.nz>
Subject: test
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 09:45:06 +1300
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2800.1158
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2800.1165


I'm no expert on MIME headers but that looks fairly standard to me. I even disabled AVG's E-mail scanner - no change.

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