[Mailman-Users] Mailman is being a processor sponge.... very slow delivery...

Ecklund, Morgan Morgan.Ecklund at state.vt.us
Mon Sep 1 17:23:27 CEST 2014

Hey Stephen,
Thanks for responding. 
We do have a lot of public lists. The majority of the subscribers are google users (domain)  though. So we started getting the " Multiple destination domains per transaction is unsupported"  error. So I had to enable the "single connection per email
Will the update help with that issue?  
I can imagine that is problem for delivery performance.
We also have internal subscribers only lists.  Subscribers are all on exchange server which is behind a Symantec Bright Mail Gateway (do they consider that a smart relay, cause man it is pain in my a$$?)
The delivery delay occurs with all of our  lists internal and external.
When I send a message. I can see that it is received by the list serve server in the Maillog.
Then 3 hours later I see in the mailman log that the message (confirmation that my message is awaiting moderation) was sent. I approve it for delivery it takes another 2-3 hours to hit my inbox.
The only reason I think it is related to mailman is because whenever I look I see that mailman is taking a ton of processor and memory.
When I run Check perm it says "no errors found".
I can attach my config files, which would you like to see?
Thanks Again 

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen J. Turnbull [mailto:stephen at xemacs.org] 
Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2014 12:44 AM
To: Ecklund, Morgan
Cc: 'mailman-users at python.org'
Subject: [Mailman-Users] Mailman is being a processor sponge.... very slow delivery...

Ecklund, Morgan writes:

 > The new environment is CentoOS 6.2 Postfix Mailman 2.1.16rc2.

If you have Yahoo! and/or AOL subscribers, you really want to upgrade to Mailman 2.1.18-1.

 > So we noticed right off the bat that Mailman was maxing the  > processor and filling memory and later I found that it was filling  > up the hard drive...

Why do you think it's Mailman and not Postfix or your virus checker etc?

None of these are normal behavior for Mailman, and I don't know of any common problem in Mailman that causes all three at once.  My guess is a configuration problem that is causing a mail loop or something like that, or a permission problem.

If it's a permission problem with Mailman, it can be detected and probably fixed with bin/check_perms.

 > Where is it hung up how can I clear it out?

It seems likely something's hung up writing to disk.  What is being written?  What do the logs of the applications in the pipeline say?



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