[Mailman-Users] Message Excerpt
mark at msapiro.net
Wed Jan 2 21:43:00 CET 2008
Brad Knowles wrote:
>On 12/28/07, Cyndi Norwitz wrote:
>> At the very least, something that tells me how many lines are in the email
>> would be great. On the summary page it says the number of bytes. But that
>> doesn't help that much because it depends on the density of the lines (and
>> it's hard to remember what bytes mean in terms of post length). Plus that
>> information is not on the detail page! I have to go back and forth to see
>In terms of what would be easy to do, I think the simplest would be
>to increase the number of message body lines that you can see.
>Towards this end, in the file Mailman/Cgi/admindb.py you find the
>definition "EXCERPT_HEIGHT = 10". If you (or your ISP) sets this to
>a higher number (like 100), then stops and restarts Mailman, then in
>all future instances you should see 100 lines of message body in your
>Anything more than that would take source code modifications, I'm afraid.
>Unfortunately, this value does not appear to be something that is
>defined in Mailman/Defaults.py or which could be over-ridden in
>Mailman/mm_cfg.py. Moreover, this is going to affect all lists on
Actually, EXCERPT_HEIGHT is not the controlling parameter.
EXCERPT_HEIGHT controls only the height of the text box, not the
number of lines shown (by scrolling).
The controlling parameter is ADMINDB_PAGE_TEXT_LIMIT which is a
Defaults.py/mm_cfg.py setting. It is in bytes and defaults to 4096,
but it can be set to a negative value to display the entire message.
ADMINDB_PAGE_TEXT_LIMIT = -1
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