Maximal length for :bytes?

Russ Allbery rra at
Thu Sep 4 22:03:36 UTC 2008

Julien ÉLIE <julien at> writes:

> The buffer which contains the :bytes metadata is currently limited to 6
> digits; therefore, its value is incorrect for articles whose length
> exceed 999,999 octets.
> In fact, it is stocked in a char buff[16] and the buff is "Bytes: %lu\r\n".
> If :bytes is 1,234,567, the overview contains 123,456.
> Should we allow more?  Is buff[18] enough?  (up to about 100MB for an
> article!)

I think this would be a good place to use asprintf and dynamically
allocated memory rather than a static buffer.

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