AIX 4.3.2 and metasend (metamail) Command Line Length

AIX 4.3.2 and metasend (metamail) Command Line Length

Post by Ken Abrahamse » Sat, 30 Oct 1999 04:00:00

I'm trying to use the metamail package (version 2.7) for sending MIME
messages from the command line and have noticed that since the command line
can get quite long (200+ characters when you consider needing specify
from/to/cc: email addresses,  email subject text, MIME encoding information,
file name, etc), that the command line actually gets TRUNCATED so only a
portion of the command line is actually submitted for processing. This
*also* seems to happen if I try to run the long command line from within a
script. I thought the maximum number of characters allowed on the command
line was *much* larger than the 100-200 characters that I'm trying to

I'm running  telnet sessions and here's some setup information for my
current session. If there's other information you might need to assist,
please let me know and I'll repost.

I guess I don't know if this is an AIX config problem or a metasend problem.

# tty
# stty
speed 9600 baud; -parity hupcl
brkint -inpck -istrip icrnl -ixon onlcr tab3
echo echoe echok
Thanks for any/all information!


1. increase ksh command line length?


I'm a first time poster, so I will not be surprised if I step on toes.
Sorry if they are yours, but feel free to set me straight.

Question1: what limits the length of characters that one can type into a
ksh command line?

Related: Anything I can (as a non-root sgi user) do to increase it?

Noted: tcsh gives much more length, but I'm afraid to change since I
expect most of my work related scripts require ksh. If this is my only
option, and you have happily switched from ksh to tcsh, what did you
find as pro's and cons?

Thanks folks,
Craig Wasielewski

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