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Frequently Asked Question #165. Why am I getting a Post Too Large error? What is the maximum entry size?

Entries are limited to 65,535 bytes in size. The exact number of characters this corresponds to will depend on the language you are typing your entries in. Text in languages written using the Latin alphabet, such as English, generally uses one byte per character, so the character limit will be approximately 65,000 characters. However, note that accented characters and special characters such as smart quotes use two bytes per character. Text written in languages such as Russian or Japanese can use two or three bytes per character, so the approximate character limit for an entry written in these languages can range from 21,000 to 33,000 characters. If you wish to post entries larger than the limit, you will need to post multiple entries instead.

If you have added formatting to your entry by using HTML tags, the Rich Text editor, a third party client or a text editing application, this will add additional characters that will count towards the limit. You may be able to reduce the size of your entry by switching to the HTML editor, removing unneeded formatting tags, and trying to post the entry again.

If you're able to post short entries or comments, but can't post larger entries that are smaller than the maximum allowed size, your computer's Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU, the maximum amount of data that can be sent in one packet over your network) may be too high. In this case, your computer is most likely sharing an Internet connection with another computer, or connecting to your Internet service provider with PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE, common on cable or ADSL connections). LiveJournal can't help you resolve a MTU problem; try searching for "find maximum MTU setting" on your favorite search engine, contacting your Internet service provider or network administrator, or consulting the documentation for your operating system.

Last Updated: May 7th, 2012

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