[Mailman-Developers] Extraordinary locking mechanisms...

Christopher Lindsey lindsey@ncsa.uiuc.edu
Tue, 9 May 2000 10:46:51 -0500 (CDT)

> One of the more reasonable and understandable benefits
> of using filesystem locking is when the locks are placed
> in a shared filesystem - a filesystem that is used by
> multiple machines running Mailman.  Is this a common
> occurrence?

Hi Dan,

   Many people split the Web and email portions of Mailman up,
   running each on its own server.  That's what I do at mallorn.com,
   and here at NCSA we're taking it a step further with four 
   mail servers and three Web servers (round-robined) all providing
   the same functionality.  Of course, the glue that holds it all
   together is the filesystem (we tried doing Mailman in AFS, but
   it was a pain getting our patches to work on new versions...  We
   ended up having to settle for (ick) NFS).