OT: email size limits

Ken A ka at pacific.net
Thu Jan 22 14:23:22 GMT 2009

It's 40M here, which is really ~30 after encoding. It's rare anyone runs 
up against it, but it happens. There are occasional problems with 
broadband customers sending too large a message that is 'stuck' in their 
Outlook outbox, trying to resend every 20 min or so. Unfortunately, 
sendmail doesn't throw an error until after it's received the bytes..
That is usually a good time for a custom access list entry.

Steven Andrews wrote:
> I have a client who employs a lot of consultants and we provide them
> with an email address on the corp system and they pretty much have to do
> everything through the corp systems; mostly terminal server.  They do
> have the ability to work offline and send the generated content into the
> main office.
> Anyway, from time to time we get complaints from these folks that we
> have email size limits in place even though for larger stuff we give
> them ftp access that we can throttle.  I think our limit is somewhere
> around 10 meg right now although we tell them it's less so we can deal
> with the overhead they won't understand.
> So I get an aol user today telling me what an asshat I am (which may or
> may not be true, but for the purposes of discussion today I'm not) and
> how much our systems suck because I have email size limits in place and
> his email is being blocked.  Of course, we never saw it in our
> mailserver, which means he got hit with aol's 16 meg size block, but he
> was all talk and no listening.  He then goes on to tell me about "lynux"
> and how it's free and better than the crap Microsoft has been selling
> us...yadda yadda yadda; oh wait, what's the banner on our mailserver?
> It's sendmail....but I digress.
> So, just for self-evaluation, what's everyone else doing for email size
> limits?  I want to make sure we're in the range of the rest of the
> world.
> Thanks,
> Steven R. Andrews, President 
> Andrews Companies Incorporated 
> Small Business Information Technology Consultants 
> sandrews at andrewscompanies.com 
> Phone: 317.536.1807
> "If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." 

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