[Mailman-Developers] Maybe OT: Back to Broadcast Mail

Chuq Von Rospach chuqui@plaidworks.com
Sun, 3 Jun 2001 10:55:38 -0700

On Sunday, June 3, 2001, at 07:44 AM, Jay R. Ashworth wrote:

>> Good question -- I don't use mailman for this, all of my broadcast work
>> is with a custom front-end, and it usually talks to bulk_mailer on the
>> back end, and I build the rate limiting into a custom version of
>> bulk_mailer.
> Um... should I know about that, instead?  I'm not married to mailman
> for this...

Not necessarily. Bulk_mailer is a tool written for majordomo 
installations that splits up deliveries into small batches. postfix can 
do this using the default_destination_concurrency_limit option, so if 
you're using postfix, you don't really need it. Once I finish migration, 
I'll rewrite my sending tools to take advantage of that isntead of using 
bulk_mailer, and phase it out (bulk_mailer also does some other stuff, 
like set up some headers, but my custom tools can easily do that as well)

my front ends are just custom perl scripts that take pieces of content 
and address lists and puts it together. Nothing fancy (and not 
distributable), and all really stop-gap stuff while I write a real 
publishing tool for this stuff, which is the project I'm designing now 
(we want to be able to send out fully-customized e-mail using a template 
system with volume up to about 500K an hour, with full versioning 
control of the content and automatic access of the user data from the 
corporate database. A fun summer project)

I have to keep reminding people in my company that want to borrow my 
tools that the tolls I'm currently using are very stupid; it's the 
person hacking them that is doing most of the work. Once I finish this 
new mail publishing system, the tools will be smart, but since it's 
designed for corporate use, they won't need to borrow the tools, just 
have an account on them...

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