[Mailman-Users] Cron question

Dan Mick Dan.Mick at west.sun.com
Wed Jan 3 00:11:25 CET 2001

Matt Thoene wrote:
> Cron question...why would I need for cron to retry failed deliveries once per minute? 

Well, to answer the question you asked explicitly: so the failed deliveries get changed
into successful deliveries.  For the question you didn't ask: virtually all mail is sent by
qrunner from cron, so cron is a necessary part of sending mail at all, much less
failed deliveries.

> Do any of you keep this setting as is?  It's filling up my cron log big time.

Ah, so *maybe* you're asking "why does it need to be so frequent"?  See above:
any list mail will wait until qrunner sends it.  Doesn't need to be "each minute"
if you don't mind delays on list posts.  Note that I often run qrunner by hand,
too, to flush something out immediately; perhaps that model is more 
appropriate for some announce-only lists or the like.

As for "cron logs"...is this really a worry?  I've got about a megabyte in
log and olog on Solaris.  A megabyte is ignorable in these days of "20GB is
entry-level" disks.

Anyway, if it's a problem, you can turn off cron logging, too.

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