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My friend receives an email at a Gmail based account. It has an attachment that can be seen when using the Gmail Web interface. After accessing that email via Apple's (OS X, Lion... not iOS) the attachment can no longer be seen (it's there in Gmail, just not in

This friend then forwards me the email from and lo and behold I can see the attachment fine.

What the heck is going on? Why does the attachment not appear when he views the email in but he can forward it on to me and I see it fine?

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Mail on iOS or Mail on OSX? – Stu Wilson Apr 6 '12 at 15:35
This is on OSX. Specifically Lion. – gaoshan88 Apr 6 '12 at 15:38
What type of file is the attachment? – ckpepper02 Aug 16 '13 at 20:35
@ckpepper02 Alas, it has been so long that I no longer recall. – gaoshan88 Aug 16 '13 at 20:48

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