The application/mbox Media Type
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From: The IESG <email@example.com> To: IETF-Announce <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: Internet Architecture Board <email@example.com>, RFC Editor <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Document Action: 'The APPLICATION/MBOX Media-Type' to Informational RFC The IESG has approved the following document: - 'The APPLICATION/MBOX Media-Type ' <draft-hall-mime-app-mbox-05.txt> as an Informational RFC This document has been reviewed in the IETF but is not the product of an IETF Working Group. The IESG contact person is Scott Hollenbeck. A URL of this Internet-Draft is: http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-hall-mime-app-mbox-05.txt
Technical Summary This document requests that the application/MBOX media-type be authorized for allocation by IANA, according to the terms specified in RFC 2048. UNIX-like operating systems have historically made widespread use of "mbox" database files for a variety of local email purposes. In the common case, mbox files store linear sequences of one or more electronic mail messages, with local email clients treating the database as a logical folder of email messages. mbox databases are also used by a variety of other messaging tools, such as mailing list management programs, archiving and filtering utilities, messaging servers, and other related applications. In recent years, mbox databases have also become common on a large number of non-UNIX computing platforms, for similar kinds of purposes. The increased pervasiveness of these files has led to an increased demand for a standardized, network-wide interchange of these files as discrete database objects. In turn, this dictates a need for a media-type definition for mbox files in general, which is the subject and purpose of this memo. Working Group Summary This document is the work of an individual submitter. It was subjected to MIME-types review, but it is has not been reviewed by an IETF working group. MIME-type review comments have been incorporated into the document. Protocol Quality Scott Hollenbeck has reviewed this specification for the IESG.