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Q: convert email MIME ASCII text to intended file? ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: convert email MIME ASCII text to intended file?
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: rnd13-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 23 Oct 2006 20:26 PDT
Expires: 25 Oct 2006 02:01 PDT
Question ID: 776260
Hi there --

I received an email with a file included, but which (due to some
unintended reformatting) came thru simply as plain ASCII text in the
body of the email.  I'd like to paste this into a text document, then
run a utility to convert it to the intended file.

How can I do this?  (I have WinZip and StuffIt, if that helps.)


[beginning of text in question follows]


Content-Type: application/x-zip-compressed;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
Content-Disposition: attachment;


[... etc. ...]


Request for Question Clarification by sublime1-ga on 23 Oct 2006 21:59 PDT

The file attachment is purportedly a zip file, but if this were
the case, and the file had somehow been converted to text, it
would begin with the header of a zip file, which is PK.

What you have there is either not a zip file, but another type
of file renamed as a zip file (in which case it could be a virus),
or it is a corrupted file (if it originally WAS a zip file, it
cannot be restored).

Let me know where this takes you...


Clarification of Question by rnd13-ga on 24 Oct 2006 01:22 PDT
Found it:  (et al)

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: convert email MIME ASCII text to intended file?
From: rond13-ga on 24 Oct 2006 00:13 PDT
Good point.  But it depends on how "somehow" it were converted to
text.  If it were in the usual base-256 (i.e., double-byte
hexadecimal), that would be the case.

However, this uses a variation on base-64; in which case, the
characters don't translate to text the same way as they otherwise

Thanks, though.  

[For what it's worth, according to, the header of a Zip
file starts as follows:
   central file header signature   4 bytes  (0x02014b50) ]

Anyone with any ideas on how to convert the text in question back to a binary file?

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