question size of explanatory responses

Russ Allbery rra at
Wed May 30 22:10:45 UTC 2001

Todd Olson <tco2 at> writes:

> So if one returns a "not authorized" code and then a bunch of lines of
> text directing people to a local support center, one would be surprised
> if a news client got upset over 10? 20? 50? lines.

Unfortunately, you can't do that, because only a very limited set of NNTP
commands allow for multiline responses from the server.  NNTP isn't like
SMTP; you can't send multiline responses in response to anything, only in
response to those commands specifically defined to return multiline

Russ Allbery (rra at             <>

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