Cannot read PDF emailed by HP-UX server

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# 1  
Old 02-27-2014
Cannot read PDF emailed by HP-UX server

I have a very strange issue. Now that we have a lot of our users using iPads to read statements, this is becoming more of an issue.

We have some financial statements that are generated into PDF format by an application that runs in HP-UX, and then we use uuencode to attach the statements to the email that is sent from the HP-UX server via mailx -m

If the user looks at the statements in Outlook from their desktop, everything is fine. The report looks great.

If the user uses their iPad to view the same email that was sent to their work email account, then the report is just nothing but white space.

However, if they forward the email from Outlook on their desktop to themselves, then they can pull up that email from their iPad, and the report comes in fine and looks great.

Any ideas on this one?

# 2  
Old 02-27-2014
If you can open in outlook, then on iPad it is more a mail client issue..
Anything to do with UTF-8? That is not native on HP-UX??
# 3  
Old 02-27-2014
Could be a character set or font issue.
# 4  
Old 03-03-2014
Well, we have found that if we use "mpack", the PDF is viewable by the iPhone/iPad. The problem with using this is:

1) We can't send the file and rename it to what we want it to be in the attachment like we can with uuencode/mailx.
2) We don't have the -r option to make it look like the email came from a specific person or email group.
3) We can't attach more than one PDF file in the email.

Is there something else out there, other than uuencode/mailx that will do all of this?

# 5  
Old 03-03-2014
It appears that your ipad's don't understand uuencode only base64-ed MIMEs. This isn't unheard of -- uuencode's getting pretty old -- but I hadn't heard that ipads did this trick. Good to know.

How exactly do you use your mailx to send uuencoded files? Hopefully mpack can still be adapted.
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