GMail bans zips

host gsmtp171.google.com[64.233.171.27] said: 552
5.7.0 Illegal Attachment (in reply to end of DATA command)

So, GMail bans zips and other archive files, at least if they contain executables. Seems to work if there’s no executable inside it.

Perhaps a reasonable precaution. A bit of a pain sometimes though.

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7 thoughts on “GMail bans zips

  1. Waz

    Usually can be worked around by renaming to .txt or something misleading…..
    and telling your recipient to name it back

  2. Daniel

    Yep, the ol’ rename trick is the way to go. Same with dealing with Outlook recipients who are subject to file restrictions.

  3. Ren

    I didn’t know about that extention change thingie (god, love my tech-speak), learn something new every day.

  4. Kinglink

    Actually Renaming it .z works, and still works with at least Winrar (don’t know about winzip, though if you still use that, look at winrar)

  5. Nosfore

    Winrar is not free. Look at 7-Zip instead. Installs under 1 mega-byte and does the job.

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