Puzzle or Headache ... bing!

Douglas E. Miles doug.miles at
Tue Nov 2 14:41:52 CST 1999

Pablo Velasquez wrote:
> Hi,
> Well, I just solved this little puzzle, right after I had given up :)
> Turns out sendmail adds that extra '!' when you go above 991 characters
> that are not seperated by a newline.
> I just sent 2 e-mails, one with 991 characters and one with 992 and indeed
> the second one had the '!' right after character 991.
> I feel much better now.
> You see, the original document was a long long document of legal language
> (which contains tons of metacharacters) so I had though, could it be one of
> those metacharacters that is causing this problem, or perhaps some
> combination of perl functions being called from within the document
> inadvertently. Now we know.
> Hope you all enjoyed this perl adventure.

I was wondering if that was the case.  I didn't get time to put together
a reply. :)  Thanks for sending out the solution!

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