[Mailman-Users] Mailman Sending Out Duplicates!

Jeremy Portzer jeremyp at pobox.com
Tue Dec 10 19:51:35 CET 2002

On Tue, 2002-12-10 at 11:44, Jonathan Chum wrote:
> Just curious, is there any expected memory size for certain sized lists to
> go by? What is the recommended amount of RAM for something like this which
> is blasted once a week?

One way to figure this out is to 
	1)  Increase your swap space so you don't get the out-of-swap errors
(you absolutely MUST do at least this if you want to avoid the mailman
	2)  Watch over your system when the list posts are sent.  The "free"
command, and similar information shown by "top," will show how much RAM
and swap space is being used (in Linux at least)
	3)  Increase your physical RAM to at least the amount of swap space
that was being used.  The object is to never have to use swap, but have
it available for "emergencies."

If you're using Linux, and I think other OSes do this too, be aware of
the buffers and cached stuff that shows in the output of "free".  The
memory that's actually being used by programs is in the "-/+
buffers/cache" line.  The buffers and cache speed up performance in
certain ways, but the kernel will automatically reduce their use when 
memory is allocated by actual programs. 


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