Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Tue Aug 28 18:03:32 UTC 2012

I assume you mean that you see random characters, not code as in

> SET r1, 10    ; set r1 to immediate value 10
> STORE X, r1   ; store r1 into variable x

An .eml file is an e-mail message, meant to be opened with your mail
program.  In Thunderbird you can open an .eml file by selecting "File,
Open saved message". That should show the message in its proper format.

If you still see random characters then the .eml file is damaged, and
you'll need to decode it yourself.

The message could be encoded with Base64. If you open it with a text
editor it looks like tightly packed characters:

Content-type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-15; format=flowed
Content-transfer-encoding: base64


If the content-type is "text/plain" or "text/html" then you can decode
it with an online tool like http://www.base64decode.org/ (if
Content-type is "image" or "application" you'll have to find another
tool). Copy only the encoded portion into the Web page (not the Content
headers).  The decoded message will be visible to that web site, so
don't do this for confidential information.

If you're seeing other random characters then the .eml file may be
damaged in some other way.

> -hD_2_`~-oB"_Ukj-#x>8K _20=SiRlf(¤57-.-/_E§£M
> X5c#29 mT#T0l--_L:-899,K-% u_F+Bx_um1
> (5wb at Z k6g2_K-`M>6-w4

If that's the case, I'll need to see the file to diagnose the problem.


On 2012-08-28 06:47, raymond house wrote:
> Hello everyone, when I receive an "eml" attachment and I try to look
> at it, I only get a bunch of code. I wonder what has to be done to
> decode this type  ?  Thanks

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