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In article <3lb88e$blb@news.uni-c.dk>, peter S€rensen <maspsr@dou.ou.dk> wrote:
>What if the dot is the one and only character on the line?

STD 10 (RFC 821) section 4.5.2.

            1. Before sending a line of mail text the sender-SMTP checks
            the first character of the line.  If it is a period, one
            additional period is inserted at the beginning of the line.

            2. When a line of mail text is received by the receiver-SMTP
            it checks the line.  If the line is composed of a single
            period it is the end of mail.  If the first character is a
            period and there are other characters on the line, the first
            character is deleted.

Between two correct implementations, this "dot stuffing" is entirely
transparent: the message arrives exactly as it was sent no matter what
it contains.

Tim.
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From: tim@pipex.net (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: comp.mail.mime
Subject: Re: Rest off mail deleted after . (dot)
Date: 30 Mar 1995 17:52:01 +0100
Organization: PIPEX, 216 Science Park, Cambridge, England
Message-ID: <3lenjh$inp@pipe.pipex.net>
References: <01HOMN5GQ9WS8WW0UP@INNOSOFT.COM> <3lb88e$blb@news.uni-c.dk>

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