1 Reply Latest reply: Oct 4, 2012 1:10 PM by Bill Shannon-Oracle RSS

    Getting javax.mail.internet.ParseException when parsing MIME message

    Saroja Kandepuneni-Oracle

      We have have MIME message whose body part is as below

      Content-Type: text/rfc822-headers; Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

      The two headers 'Content-Type' and 'Content-Transfer-Encoding' are in the same line.

      When we get the content type from body part it is coming as 'text/rfc822-headers; Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit'

      and when we use the same in other places as below it is throwing the error 'javax.mail.internet.ParseException'

      ContentType ct = new ContentType(contentType);

      When I move the same to separate lines as below then its parsed successfully.

      Content-Type: text/rfc822-headers;
      Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

      Is it against the MIME standard, is there any property to set to ignore these kind of MIME issues?.
        • 1. Re: Getting javax.mail.internet.ParseException when parsing MIME message
          Bill Shannon-Oracle
          Yes, it's very clearly against the MIME spec.

          You can browse all the properties in the javadocs for the javax.mail.internet package.
          There are some that you can set that might help with this. But at some point the message
          will be so broken that there's nothing reasonable you can do with it.

          It's possible to supply your own class that will "clean up" the Content-Type header
          before it's used, so if you think you know how to do this better than JavaMail, you can
          write your own code to do so.

          But you'll need a recent version of JavaMail to use all these features.

          It is, of course, much better to fix the mailer that's sending this garbage.
          That's the real source of the problem, not JavaMail.