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Re: large messages

1991-08-16 09:21:04
        From owner-ietf-smtp(_at_)dimacs(_dot_)rutgers(_dot_)edu Thu Aug 15 
20:04:03 1991
        Date: Thu, 15 Aug 91 19:17:06 PDT
        From: postel(_at_)ISI(_dot_)EDU
        To: header-people(_at_)mc(_dot_)lcs(_dot_)mit(_dot_)edu, 
        Subject: large messages
        Cc: postel(_at_)ISI(_dot_)EDU


        We've run into a problem in distributing the Internet Monthly Report.
        It seems that some of the people recently added to the distribution 
        list (primarily by being on the ietf list) are behind mail relays or 
        have mail systems that do not handle large messages.

        This is a problem for these people, and they in turn ask us to break the
        large message into pieces and send the pieces as separate messages.  
        is more work for us.  Should we do it, or should we ask that these mail
        systems be fixed?


Hmmm.  Sounds like a perfect application for the Jon Postel Robustness
Principle, which implies: "both!".


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