MailScanner Cause server load high

Michele: Blacknight Solutions michele at BLACKNIGHTSOLUTIONS.COM
Sat Aug 14 18:53:46 IST 2004

On Sat 14 Aug 2004 18:43, James Hsieh wrote:
> Hi!
> One of our servers got very huge server loading today, I spent 1 hour and
> found it's cause by MailScanner because one of users of this server got
> "catch all" email box and his domain got a lot of spam, every second spam
> from everywhere comes in his emails cause the email is "catch all" means
> no-real-name at will also arrive successfully to his box, and every
> time, mailscanner has to spend time on each email.
> After I shutdown his "catch all" function, the loading went down right away
> from 90 to 0.9 on this P4 3.0 box.

You don't say what you are running. That kind of load is _not_ normal
regardless of the amount of spam you may have to process it should never go
that high.

Mr. Michele Neylon
Blacknight Solutions
+353 59 9137101

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