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Determine actual message size limit when you only get “552 5.3.4 Message size exceeds fixed limit”

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/03/26

Often when you send large emails the only  reply you get is a non-descriptive message like 552 5.3.4 Message size exceeds fixed limit from the SMTP server without an indication what the limit actually is.

Most SMTP servers however implement extensions in the EHLO greeting that returns a SIZE mail parameter. You can query it by hand using this:

telnet smtp
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.
220 ESMTP 32si3005669edb.510 - gsmtp
EHLO at your service, []
250-SIZE 157286400
221 2.0.0 closing connection 32si3005669edb.510 - gsmtp
Connection closed by foreign host.

There you can see the maximum message size at the time of writing is 157286400 bytes which is about 150 megabytes.

There is a nice Python script showing how to obtain it at [WayBack] Getting Information from EHLO | Erle Robotics Python Networking Gitbook Free (note this one does send an email, so you might want to trim the example if you just want to see the size).

More background reading:

Trimming down the Python script so it queries message size for each mail server of a domain

This turns out to be a tad more complex, because DNS functionality isn’t part of core Python, and the rdata part of DNS records ends with a dot, which might not be usable with the SMTP library.

References for me when trimming down:


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Working around [Fatal error] F2084 Internal errors like AV101E53EB-R0000000C-0

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/03/17

A few notes from my response to [WayBack] [Fatal error] F2084 Internal error : AV101E53EB-R0000000C-0 I’m getting this when trying to do some code completion. Any idea ? – Stéphane Wierzbicki – Google+:

This compiler related error usually made it go away for me either when it occurs during project compilation or when using code completion: Close the IDE. Delete your DCU files. Then restart the IDE.

Starting fresh gives a high chance if fixing this unless it is indeed a compiler related error in which case it returns. For that you need to trim down your code to see under which circumstances.

Reasoning (please shoot at it when things are wrong/missing):

Both the IDE code completion and the project compilation use the compiler. The DCU cache is shared between these compiler instances. The DCU cache depends on internal memory structures. Various pointer related errors (both from the IDE, compiler and 3rd party extensions) can damage this cache.

Especially weak IDE uses of the compiler are the find symbol and rename symbol functionalities. I’ve stopped using those about a decade ago.

Sometimes the F2084 (which I often mistype as F2048) is indeed an error in the compiler. Over the years, some of them have been fixed too. See my earlier articles on F2084.


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The last thing you need to do when you cause link rot is to list the page as “online banking is down”

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/03/10

Nice example on how not to copy with link rot: as a bank is to indicate “internet banking is unavailable” scares your customers away.

[WayBack] Jeroen Pluimers on Twitter: “dit heet overigens link rot, en gebruiksvriendelijke sites proberen dat te voorkomen; is zeker niet gecompliceerd en eigenlijk ook niet complex: het is een kleine moeite om dat in je ontwerp en onderhoud-proces mee te nemen. 1/2 …

[WayBackJeroen Pluimers on Twitter: “de huidige down-melding zet sowieso je klanten volledig op het verkeerde been, dus daar moet zeker iets aan gebeuren. 2/2 “I.v.m. een storing kunt u geen gebruik maken van Internet Bankieren. Internet Banking is unavailable”…”



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Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/28

Last week in Delphi developer switching to C# – Stack Overflow « The Wiert Corner – irregular stream of stuff I wrote about having a broad toolset.

Having such a toolset however does not mean you should stuff your project with dependencies. Choosing a limited set of tools is a very important part of building solid projects.

It does not mean you should avoid dependencies, just that you need to be aware on them and how they add up.

To get a feel for that, the comics on the right and below.


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Delphi, compiler intrinsics and generic type matching

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/21

For my link archive in case I ever need to do Delphi generic type matching on intrinsic types. This will be tricky as you can have typed types like [WayBacktype TDate = type TDateTime since the early Delphi ages.

[WayBack] Hi, by using compiler intrinsics, is it possible to check if a generic type parameter is an unsigned integer? – Malcon X Portela – Google+

It will probably come down to fast intrinsic type mapping and slower typed type mapping.


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