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An Extensible Message Format for Delivery Status Notifications (RFC3464)

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Original Publication Date: 2003-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Feb-14
Document File: 41 page(s) / 83K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

K. Moore: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This memo defines a Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) content-type that may be used by a message transfer agent (MTA) or electronic mail gateway to report the result of an attempt to deliver a message to one or more recipients. This content-type is intended as a machine-processable replacement for the various types of delivery status notifications currently used in Internet electronic mail.

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Network Working Group                                           K. Moore

Request for Comments: 3464                       University of Tennessee

Obsoletes: 1894                                             G. Vaudreuil

Category: Standards Track                            Lucent Technologies

                                                            January 2003

    An Extensible Message Format for Delivery Status Notifications

Status of this Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the

   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet

   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state

   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2003).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This memo defines a Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME)

   content-type that may be used by a message transfer agent (MTA) or

   electronic mail gateway to report the result of an attempt to deliver

   a message to one or more recipients.  This content-type is intended

   as a machine-processable replacement for the various types of

   delivery status notifications currently used in Internet electronic

   mail.

   Because many messages are sent between the Internet and other

   messaging systems (such as X.400 or the so-called "Local Area Network

   (LAN)-based" systems), the Delivery Status Notification (DSN)

   protocol is designed to be useful in a multi-protocol messaging

   environment.  To this end, the protocol described in this memo

   provides for the carriage of "foreign" addresses and error codes, in

   addition to those normally used in Internet mail.  Additional

   attributes may also be defined to support "tunneling" of foreign

   notifications through Internet mail.

Moore & Vaudreuil           Standards Track                     [Page 1]

RFC 3464             Delivery Status Notifications          January 2003

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3

     1.1 Purposes .....................................................3

     1.2 Requirements .................................................4

     1.3 Terminology ..................................................5

   2. Format of a Delivery Status Notification ........................7

     2.1 The message/delivery-status content-type .....................9

      2.1.1 General conventions for DSN fields ........................9

      2.1.2 "*-type" sub-fields .......................................9

      2.1.3 Lexical tokens imported from RFC 822 .........