[Mailman-Users] MTAs for huge lists on mailman2

J C Lawrence claw at cp.net
Wed Apr 19 21:28:37 CEST 2000

On Wed, 19 Apr 2000 16:42:05 +0100 
Nigel Metheringham <Nigel.Metheringham at VData.co.uk> wrote:

> Which MTAs are people using with mailman for large lists (> 5000
> subscribers)?  

Historically I've used Exim, which I know you're well familiar
with.  Were I to do it now, I'd go for Postfix without a single
backward glance.  

> Different MTAs have different trade-offs.  Exim (and smail) routes
> all recipients before starting delivery - so this configuration
> could have a long startup delay before it starts delivering, but I
> don't currently have a feel for how significant this is especially
> where there is nearby cached DNS and a decent list throughput.
> Qmail effectively makes a separate envelope for each user, so
> deliveries will start very fast.

> I don't know what postfix and sendmail do...

I believe in this regard you can consider QMail and Postfix as
similar.  Certainly their base designs are very similar.  Factually, 
the only reasons I'd go with Postfix versus QMail in the statement
above are:

  -- I find Dan B a pain and I get along well with Vietse Wenema.
  -- I generally find Dan B offensive but technically correct, and
     Vietse technically correct as modified by politeness.
  -- I can't read QMail code, and I can read Postfix code.
  -- Qmail is held very tightly to Dan's chest and Postfix is
     getting a good spread of distributed developer attention with
     much open diecussion and submission of patches.

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