question size of explanatory responses

Russ Allbery rra at
Wed May 30 22:11:34 UTC 2001

Brian Kantor <brian at UCSD.EDU> writes:

> I believe you may be referring to the 'continuation lines' on single
> responses, rather than textual responses.

> E.g.,
> 200-here we are
> 200-we're very happy to see you
> 200 go ahead now

> 401-I don't like the way you smell
> 402-go away and take a bath
> 402 and call back later when you're clean.

> There is no explicit limit on these in the standard, but don't push it -
> it'd be unwise to make them very long.

Um... you'd know better than I, but I've never seen any provision in the
NNTP protocol for SMTP-style multiline responses like those.  Am I missing

Russ Allbery (rra at             <>

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