[Mailman-Users] Mailman list size limitations?

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Wed Feb 16 23:08:08 CET 2005

Joshua Beall wrote:
>I have a client who wants to setup a very *large* mailing list.  Right now 
>she has about 4500 people on the list (including myself).

This is not particularly large for a Mailman list. See

>However, she has reported that people aren't getting her emails (she sends 
>only about one per month), and she's tried to send two so far.  They show up 
>in the archives, so I know that they are at least being received by mailman. 
>Furthermore, I have been getting them - so it *seems* like it is working.
>But she absolutely insists that they are not going out, saying that she has 
>asked other people who are subscribed to the list, and they have not 
>received her message.
>Is there an error log I can take a look at it?  And also, do you know 
>offhand if I am asking for trouble with such a large list?  Are there 
>problems that crop up when I have such a large list?

There are mailman logs, particularly 'smtp' and 'smtp-failure', but
also 'error'.

Also look at your MTA logs.

Also, search the FAQ wizard
>Mailman FAQ: http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/faqw-mm.py
for 'tuning'

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