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Re: External complaints about the deprecated Lines: header
Julien ÉLIE <julien@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> * LOTS of news servers generate a wrong lines count in their overview.
> This last issue is the most annoying.
> Diablo, Highlands servers, INN (< 2.5), amongst others, return that an article
> has 0 line in its overview data when no Lines: header is present. It is the
> implemented behaviour of XOVER.
> That breaks things (especially filtering based on headers, before downloading
Yeah, this has been a problem for years. It's just becoming more
noticable now that new versions of INN don't generate the header, but some
servers haven't generated the header for quite some time and I see
supposedly 0-line articles all the time on old servers.
As you say, the only real solution is for people to upgrade their
software. The Lines header was always rather broken.
Russ Allbery (rra@xxxxxxxxxxxx) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>