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An Extensible Message Format for Delivery Status Notifications

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This is an older version of an Internet-Draft that was ultimately published as RFC 3464.
Authors Gregory Vaudreuil , Keith Moore
Last updated 2020-01-21 (Latest revision 2002-08-09)
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Responsible AD Ned Freed
IESG note RFCs 3461-3464 published 23-Jan-2003
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        RFC 3464

        Title:      An Extensible Message Format for Delivery Status
        Author(s):  K. Moore, G. Vaudreuil
        Status:     Standards Track
        Date:       January 2003
        Pages:      40
        Characters: 83060
        Obsoletes:  1894

        I-D Tag:    draft-vaudreuil-1894bis-02.txt


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.

This is now a Draft Standard Protocol.

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
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