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Ssmtp -t < /path/to/the/message.txt (How to format message.txt for html email)

ssmtp has been running well under Kubuntu 12.04.1 for plain text messages. I would like to send html messages with ssmtp -t < /path/to/the/message.txt, but I cannot seem to get the message.txt file properly formatted. I have tried various charsets,
Content-Transfer-Encoding, rearranging the order, including \r\n, etc. The message comes through with only the "To:" being acknowledged. The remainder of the file text appears in the body as plain text.

Here is an example:

To: Admin<>
From: Some Network App<>
Subject: Some App Notice
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html; charset="utf-8"
<h2>Some app blah blah!</h2>

What am I doing wrong?

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SSMTP.CONF(5)						      BSD File Formats Manual						     SSMTP.CONF(5)

ssmtp.conf -- ssmtp configuration file DESCRIPTION
ssmtp reads configuration data from /etc/ssmtp/ssmtp.conf The file contains keyword-argument pairs, one per line. Lines starting with '#' and empty lines are interpreted as comments. The possible keywords and their meanings are as follows (both are case-insensitive): Root The user that gets all mail for userids less than 1000. If blank, address rewriting is disabled. Mailhub The host to send mail to, in the form host port | IP_addr port [: port]. The default port is 25. RewriteDomain The domain from which mail seems to come. for user authentication. Hostname The full qualified name of the host. If not specified, the host is queried for its hostname. FromLineOverride Specifies whether the From header of an email, if any, may override the default domain. The default is ``no''. UseTLS Specifies whether ssmtp uses TLS to talk to the SMTP server. The default is ``no''. UseSTARTTLS Specifies whether ssmtp does a EHLO/STARTTLS before starting SSL negotiation. See RFC 2487. TLSCert The file name of an RSA certificate to use for TLS, if required. AuthUser The user name to use for SMTP AUTH. The default is blank, in which case SMTP AUTH is not used. sent without AuthPass The password to use for SMTP AUTH. AuthMethod The authorization method to use. If unset, plain text is used. May also be set to ``cram-md5''. FILES
/etc/ssmtp/ssmtp.conf Contains configuration data for ssmtp. SEE ALSO
ssmtp(8) AUTHORS
Matt Ryan (, Hugo Haas (, Christoph Lameter ( and Dave Collier-Brown (dav- Reuben Thomas ( wrote the man page. BSD
October 7, 2004 BSD

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