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How to specify the length/size of a SPI message being transmitted? (DMA access)

Question asked by gonzalez.angel on Jul 3, 2015
I have succedded in transmitting a SPI message via DMA.
It sends the complete array whose length is specified by BufferSize (typically 100 in the examples).  This value is assigned, e.g. to DMA BufferSize as DMA_InitStructure.DMA_BufferSize = BUFFER_SPI_SIZE ;

Someone know how to specify a different size during run-time by modifying the transmitter configuration (or another solution)? 
I have tried 

SPIx_TX_DMA_STREAM->NDTR = new_message_size;
SPIx_RX_DMA_STREAM->NDTR = new_message_size;

which is equivalent to 
DMA_InitStructure.DMA_BufferSize = BUFFER_SPI_SIZE ;
DMA_Init(SPIx_RX_DMA_STREAM, &DMA_InitStructure);
DMA_Init(SPIx_TX_DMA_STREAM, &DMA_InitStructure);

in the transmitter (the receiver doesn´t know the length), but it doesn't seem to work.
I have read another post in which it is solved via NSS, but I would prefer not to using it.

Thanks in advance