Author paulproteus
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Date 2008-09-27.23:59:44
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Another way to see this issue is that the email module double-encodes
when one attempts to use quoted-printable encoding.  This has to be
worked around by e.g. MoinMoin.

It's easy to get proper base64-encoded output of email.mime.text:

 	>>> mt = email.mime.text.MIMEText('Ta mère', 'plain', 'utf-8')
 	>>> 'Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64' in mt.as_string()
 	True
 	>>> mt.as_string().split('\n')[-2]
 	'VGEgbcOocmU='

There we go, all nice and base64'd.

I can *not* figure out how to get quoted-printable-encoding.  I found 
http://docs.python.org/lib/module-email.encoders.html , so I thought
great - I'll just encode my MIMEText object:

 	>>> email.encoders.encode_quopri(mt)
 	>>> 'Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable' in mt.as_string()
 	True

Great!  Except it's actually double-encoded, and the headers admit to as
much.  You see here that, in addition to the quoted-printable header
just discovered, there is also a base64-related header, and the result
is not strictly QP encoding but QP(base64(payload)).

 	>>> 'Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64' in mt.as_string()
 	True
 	>>> mt.as_string().split('\n')[-2]
 	'VGEgbcOocmU=3D'

It should look like:

 	>>> quopri.encodestring('Ta mère')
 	'Ta m=C3=A8re'

I raised this issue on the Baypiggies list
<http://mail.python.org/pipermail/baypiggies/2008-September/003983.html>, but
luckily I found this here bug.  This is with Python 2.5.2-0ubuntu1 from
Ubuntu 8.04.

 	paulproteus@alchemy:~ $ python --version
 	Python 2.5.2

If we can come to a decision as to how this *should* work, I could
contribute a patch and/or tests to fix it.  I could even perhaps write a
new section of the Python documentation of the email module explaining this.
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