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May 1st, 2004

Oops, here’s the attachment

How many times have you sent an e-mail where you intended to include an attachment, but simply forgot, and then had to send a separate note with the file attached? Well, if you use Eudora, now there’s a solution. The folks behind Spamnix are beta testing a new add-on that will search your outgoing messages for certain phrases that indicate a file should be attached (“attached,” “here is,” etc.) and warn you if you hit send before attaching a file.

Not a bad idea, and I suspect this is one that we’ll see co-opted and used in other e-mail products in the near future.

Posted in Technology

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday May 1, 2004 -- 6:04:02 am
I dont trust any company that has "spam" in their name. Just a rule of thumb.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday May 1, 2004 -- 6:05:17 am
Spamnix is a spam filtering app that uses Spam Assassin as its base. They're safe. :)

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday May 1, 2004 -- 7:14:17 am
Pocomail has had this for a while. It's a plugin that scans outgoing messages for keywords that might indicate an attachment. Even better, being a plugin it is user configurable.

FROM: Aaron [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday May 2, 2004 -- 2:43:07 pm
Emacs+Gnus users (like me) can write a little elisp function to check for missing attachments. Here is one that I found:

;; Author: Mark Triggs
;; This file is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
;; it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
;; the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option)
;; any later version.
;; This file is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
;; but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
;; GNU General Public License for more details.
;; You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
;; along with GNU Emacs; see the file COPYING. If not, write to
;; the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330,
;; Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.

(defun message-has-attachment-p ()
(goto-char (point-min))
(re-search-forward "<#part.*disposition=\\(attachment\\|inline\\)" nil t)))

(defun message-check-for-forgotten-attachments ()
(goto-char (point-min))
(when (and (or (re-search-forward "^[^>].*attached" nil t)
(re-search-forward "^[^>].*ll attach" nil t))
(not (message-has-attachment-p)))
(when (y-or-n-p "Did you forget your attachment? ")
(error "Forgotten attachment!")))))

(add-hook 'message-send-hook 'message-check-for-forgotten-attachments)

It is easy to customize the regular expressions used to scan your message body for wording indicating there should be an attachment.

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