[Mailman-Users] mailman minimal (memory) requirements?

Tomasz Chmielewski mangoo at wpkg.org
Mon Jul 3 23:00:03 CEST 2006

Brad Knowles wrote:
> Carl Zwanzig wrote:
>>>> I'm trying to run mailman 2.1.8 on a system with only 32 MB RAM (and
>>>> ~100 MB swap).
>>> So, at an absolute minimum, this machine would require ~236MB swap space
>>> and ~56MB of real RAM, plus the OS requirements.  Given these numbers, I
>>> wouldn't try to run Mailman on a machine with less than 512MB of swap
>>> and 128MB of RAM.
>> FWIW, I'm running mailman on an openbsd system w/ 64M ram and 200M swap
>> on an old Compaq P90.  Active software includes mailman (2.1.5), apache,
>> postfix, and bind.  Not very speedy, but works well enough for <50 member
>> lists.
> Cool.  I'll update the FAQ entry with this info.
>> top tells me:
>> Memory: Real: 23M/47M act/tot  Free: 11M  Swap: 41M/200M used/tot

You can update it with "really minimal system": I added some more swap, 
and mailman started :)

So right now, it is:

- debian running on a 200 MHz mipsel CPU / 32 MB router (ASUS WL-500G 
- usb stick with 256 MB swap
- system on another USB-stick
- it runs apache2, postfix, sshd, openvpn, ez-ipupdate, crond, pppd and 
- it acts as a internet gateway to a couple of PCs

I wouldn't say that mailman is speedy there - an average operation in 
the mailman web interface can take even 10-15-20 seconds.

But the thing that was the most important to me: web archive, works 
fast, and on average, it takes less than a second to serve a page.

Provided that it's not a PC, but a router with a size of a book, with 
filesystem and swap on usb-sticks, I would say it's OK to keep an 
archive of a small site.

Tomasz Chmielewski

Software deployment with Samba

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