[Mailman-Developers] First big Mailing

Dan Mick Dan Mick <dmick@utopia.West.Sun.COM>
Thu, 10 Jan 2002 22:19:13 -0800 (PST)

What version?

> I'm doing my first big mailing with Mailman/Exim to deliver effector for the
> Electronic Frontier Foundation. The list is about 20,000 names.
> Anyhow - started out moving right along, maybe too well - saturated the T1
> pretty quick and the system slowed down. But the email logs were really going
> fast. This went on for about 45 minutes.
> During this time I saw a number of errors. Messages indicating the I had too
> many files open (running tail on the exim logs). A few messages that looked
> like something couldn't open something.db or something like that.
> Then .....
> The delivery slowed down as it it were done. System load dropped back to low
> normal levels. This lasted a while - then things started back up again really
> delivering messages. These deliveries come in spurts.
> Anyhow - even though Exim is delivering other email. Messages sent to mailman
> are getting "stuck". It's as if nothing in mailman is working. I see messages
> being sent to mailman. But mailman isn't responding. I don't know if something
> is holding these messages and this is waiting in some queue - or if Mailman
> has crashed and is eating messages - or someing is corrupt or locked or
> overloaded or what.
> Anyhow - I'd like some general feedback on what might be happening. The
> newsletter contains an important story about Norway inditing Jon Johansen
> criminally. He's the guy who wrote the DVD code.
> Anyhow - the future of the planet is at stake here - so I'd like to know this
> is going to work and what I need to do to fine tune the system.
> Marc Perkel
> /root
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