[Mailman-Users] Large List Considerations

Jon Carnes jonc at nc.rr.com
Thu Feb 5 22:28:07 CET 2004

On Thu, 2004-02-05 at 15:24, Hunter Hillegas wrote:
> Hello,
> I have configured mailman and we're about to start populating a mailing list
> with almost 20,000 members.
> Any special considerations for lists this large?
> Any advice appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Hunter
Depending on your Disk sub-system, Processor, and amount of RAM, 20k
members may be not be a lot for Mailman to handle.

If however you find that messages spend a long time in the queue before
being processed (or web-access to the list configuration is very slow to
load) then you might want to consider putting aside some ram for use as
a disk.  You can copy your ~mailman/lists/... to this RAM drive and
mount it over the ~mailman/lists (then startup Mailman).  Access to the
lists and configuration will then be much faster.

Note: the RAM drive *must* be at least twice the size as the data stored
in it, so that Mailman can make backup copies of the config files while
doing changes.

Good Luck!

Jon Carnes

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