[Mailman-Users] advice wanted: sizing a mailman server

Sullivan, John jsullivan at mlsnet.com
Fri Apr 11 19:30:25 CEST 2003

I run a list with over 50k addresses on a server converted from a desktop. 
I'm running RH8 on the box it is a Compaq Deskpro EN P3 800mhz with 512 megs
of Ram. I've actually had the box in my office for the past few weeks while
I've been tweaking it. Sending out the emails is still working fine
considering my office only has 10meg port and I have 3 other computers
running in here. 

Although I tend to send my newsletters out late at night to avoid any strain
on the network. I've noticed that the 10k newsletters sent out take up about
256k of my T1 for about 2 hours or so, not bad in the middle of the night.

If I had the cash I would purchase something a little more equipped then my
old workstation but for now this is doing the job for me. 

Next up sending out 20k html newsletters - watchout...

-----Original Message-----
From: Aaron Bennett [mailto:aaron.bennett at olin.edu] 
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2003 1:13 PM
To: mailman-users at python.org
Subject: [Mailman-Users] advice wanted: sizing a mailman server

Hello --

I'm looking for advice about sizing a server that will run mailman.  How 
CPU-intensive is this?  We'll be managing up to 50 lists, topping out 
handleing around 1,000 messages a day, with archiving.

What sort of servers are you all using for mailman?  How much memory, 
disk space, what OS are you using?

I'm thinking currently along the lines of an HP/Compaq DL 360 w/ around 
a gig of RAM, but I need to be able to make a detailed argument for what 
we actually need.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Many thanks,

Aaron Bennett

Aaron Bennett
UNIX Administrator
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

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