[Mailman-Users] Performance on mailman

Brad Knowles brad at shub-internet.org
Mon Oct 30 01:00:55 CET 2006

At 5:22 PM -0500 10/29/06, Peter Kofod wrote:

>  I wouldn't even have started looking in to it if it wasn't that the
>  system was so unresponsive.

That's not unusual.  Most systems get completely ignored unless there 
is some sort of catastrophic problem.

>  It literally took 20 minutes to get a login prompt via ssh today.
>  This was with no mail being processed. The only way it gets quick
>  again is when I kill the pid for mailmanctls and all her "kids".
>  Something is bogging it down and it's not the MTA (postfix) or
>  apache, since it is still slow after I kill those as well.

 From what you've said so far, it seems likely that Mailman is somehow 
involved in whatever problems you're having, but it's hard to say 
whether it's an innocent bystander that is suffering from collateral 
damage caused by something else, or if Mailman is actually the root 
cause (or one of the root causes).

>  Any thoughts on what it means when the process is in a wa (wait?)
>  state as opposed to id (idle?).

You'd need to have experience in kernel and thread programming on 
your particular platform in order to have a better idea of what this 
means.  I'm not a programmer, and I don't have much Linux-specific 
knowledge, so I'm afraid that I can't help you there.

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