[Mailman-Users] Daily Digests and other issues

Jon Carnes jonc at haht.com
Wed Aug 14 03:29:12 CEST 2002

On Tuesday 13 August 2002 11:22 pm, Will Galloway wrote:
> I posted this to developers, and got a deafening silence. I hope this is
> a
> more appropriate list.
> I admin a ~1000 member outdoor activities list hosted at pair.com
> ("pairlist"),
> so I don't get to see the gory stuff, just the web interface. The size
> threshold
> trigger for daily digests stopped working last year, and I understand
> unoffically
> that it was a server loading issue that caused this. The server in
> question
> handles several hundred lists. Since our list has quite a bit of time
> sensitive info,
> and variable traffic levels, this feature is very important. Is there
> any
> change in
> the handling of this feature in 2.1.x that would reduce the CPU
> requirements?
> Or anything that pair can try to clean up their implementation to fix
> it?

The new version runs a daemon that handles the mail for the lists.  It is 
more efficient than the current cron induced qrunner triggers; but I don't 
think that the resources saved will be that significant.  You should 
probably upgrade your server (better processor and a SCSI disk sub-system).

Even if the resources are stretched, the new version should do a better job 
of handling the checks for sending out Digests.

> Other stuff:
> Duplicate and frivolous subscriptions are annoying, and a "discard"
> option
> for
> sub. requests would be much appreciated. Awareness of a pre-existing
> sub.
> request from the same address should be implemented. Rejection just
> confuses
> legitimate (albeit impatient) subscribers, and encourages people who are

Available in the new version

> messing around to keep trying. In the same vein, the ability to
> modify/eliminate
> the default rejection message for posts would avoid antagonizing people
> who
> need coaching now and then. If true moderation and customization of all
> the
> various messages is forthcoming, then that's ideal.

Also available in the new version

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