[OT] sendmail 8.13.0 and GreetPause

Jeff A. Earickson jaearick at COLBY.EDU
Thu Jun 24 18:26:34 IST 2004


After a couple of days of trying sendmail 8.13.0's
GreetPause feature at both 30 seconds and 5 seconds,
I have given up on it.  At 30 seconds, my incoming virus
problem dropped to virtually zero (good) and my spam
decreased greatly (good), but so did a lot of legit email
that came flooding in after I lowered the barrier (Bad!).
I also had problems with outbound emails stacking up at
30 seconds for remote sites (like verizon) that would
quickly timeout incoming connections.

At 5 seconds, GreetPause did little to both spam and viruses.
It just slowed things down without much in return.

Summary: a great idea in theory, bad in practice.

Jeff Earickson
Colby College

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