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Old 08-07-2014, 07:25 PM   #1
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Question Writing a POP3 proxy to convert UTF8 to ISO8859-1?


Some users still stick to the venerable Eudora e-mail client.

Problem is, development was discontinued at the end of the 90's, just before Unicode starting getting some traction.
As a result, it doesn't handle incoming e-mails encoded in UTF8.

OTOH, there's a great, open-source, Perl-based application called POPFile (wrongly named "GetPop" in the attachment) that acts as proxy between a POP3 server and an e-mail application and sorts legit vs. SPAM messages through a Bayesian filter.
However, no one seems interested in adding a UTF8-to-ISO8859-1 converter to POPFile, and I don't have the skills to do this.

So a lesser-ideal solution would be to write a second application, that would also act as POP3 proxy, and either sit between the ISP's POP3 server and POPFile, or between POPFile and Eudora.

A picture being a thousand words, I attached a diagram.

So my question is: How hard would it be use Perl to add a UTF8-to-ISO8859-1 converter to POPFile, or write a second proxy app (in any cross-platform language available for Windows) just to perform that conversion?

I know it's awkward to ask in a Linux forum about some app that must run on Windows, but I know there are smart people here and didn't know where else to ask

Thanks for any help.
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I use utf8trans.
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