''L='' '''


Maximum line length V8.1 and above

The L= delivery agent equate is used to limit the length of text lines in the body of a mail message. If this equate is omitted and if the delivery agent has the obsolete F=L delivery agent flag set (F=L), sendmail defaults to SMTPLINELIM (990) as defined in conf.h (SMTPLINELIM). If the F=L is clear (as it is in modern configuration files), sendmail defaults to 0 (which means an unlimited line length). The F=L is honored for compatibility with older versions of sendmail that lack this L= delivery agent equate.

Limiting line length causes overly long lines to be split. When an output line is split, the text up to the split is first transmitted, followed by the ! character. After that, the characters defined by the E= delivery agent equate are transmitted. A line can be split into two or more pieces. For example, consider the following text from the body of a mail message:

The maximum line length for SMTP mail is 990 characters.
A delivery agent speaks SMTP when the $u sendmail macro
is omitted from the A= equate.

A delivery agent could limit line length to 20 characters with a declaration of:


With that limit, the preceding text would be split during transmission into the following lines:

The maximum line len!
gth for SMTP mail is!
990 characters.
A delivery agent spe!
aks SMTP when the $u!
sendmail macro
is omitted from the !
A= equate.

Limiting the line length can be useful for programs that can't handle long lines, such as a 40-character braille print-driving program. (But such conversions to shorter lines are probably best left to the specialty delivery agent.)

If the argument to L= is missing or if it evaluates to 0 or less, the maximum line limit is internally set to zero, in which case no limit is enforced.

In using V8 sendmail's mc configuration, the default for the smtp, dsmtp, esmtp, and smtp8 delivery agents is 990. The default for the relay delivery agent is 2040. The default for all other delivery agents is 0. To change the default at the mc level, copy an existing delivery agent definition and modify it as outlined in Section 20.3.2.

    Part I: Build and Install
    Part II: Administration
    Part III: The Configuration File
    Chapter 21. The D (Define a Macro) Configuration Command
    Chapter 24. The O (Options) Configuration Command