[Mailman-Users] mailman slow

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Fri Sep 30 05:22:15 CEST 2005

Con Wieland wrote:
>Running version 2.1.4 it seems that mail is taking longer and longer.  
>What used to take a few minutes is now taking an hour or two to get  
>thru Mailman. Top indicates the machine is not busy and the mail is  
>not in the queue. It seems to be waiting in the mailman process.
>Any ideas? I'm stumped at this point.
>As always any ideas are appreciated.

Similar problems have been reported in the past that were apparently
caused by directories (usually in qfiles) at some point growing very
large. This creates a situation where even though the directory
currently has few if any entries, a very large (very sparse) disk
directory must be searched to store new entries.

Try 'ls -l qfiles' and see if any of the directories (most likely
'out', but maybe others) are quite large. If this is the case, you can
stop mailman, move the large directory aside, create a new directory
with the same ownership and permissions and move the contents back and
start mailman.

If you want to do this with qfiles/in, you should probably stop the
incoming MTA while doing it.

You also might look at the size of the locks/ directory.

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