Email Archives & Attachments

I have an email mailing list to which the users are encouraged to send attachments, which in practice tends to mean Word documents. Mailman has the very annoying feature (it’s not a bug, it’s intentional) of converting all “executable” file names to something like 0000001.bin.

Naturally, when my users try to download the attachments they are very confused since nothing in the email explains that the have to chainge the file file name, nor how to do it.

Reading the mailman docs demonstrates that they do this on purpose (, and if you don’t like it, then they suggest you install MHonArc, http://www.mhonarc.orgmharc, or MHarc,, which supposedly provide better archiving. (see e.g.

I suspect that these are not installs I can do myself, as I don’t have access to the directory where the Mailman archive lives.

So, my questions:

  1. Is there some other workaroud that will allow attachments to look like what they are supposed to?

  2. Has anyone gotten MHonArc or MHarc to work on dreamhost? If so, how?

  3. If the answer to the above is ‘no’, please would the readers from management be willing to please find a fix to this mailing list problem, be it MHonArc/MHarc/something else … this is a pretty big obstacle for my non-techie mailing list users.