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E-mail file attachments and binary newsgroup postings are encoded before being sent over the internet. They are decoded by the e-mail program on receipt.

Most of the time this happens automatically, but there are different formats used, such as:

  • MIME for Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
  • Binhex for the Macintosh
  • UUencode for Unix to Unix Encode

Of these MIME is used the most extensively. If an attachment was encoded with a format that your e-mail program is incapable of decoding, you will have a pile of garbage at the end.

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