Why is MS doing spam checks first?

Julian Field MailScanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Sat Dec 3 18:51:17 GMT 2005

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Remco Barendse wrote:

> That's why I thought it would be nifty if the scanning order would be 
> user settable. I know that I will never get more mail than this but 
> virusscanning first could take out the really nasty peaks in traffic 
> we are seeing now.

Unfortunately this is really awkward in the current architecture, and 
isn't a practical proposition without serious amounts of work on my part 
(weeks worth). Sorry, the current architecture was not designed with 
this in mind. It may sound like a simple switch, but its not, 
unfortunately. I had to make a few basic assumptions when designing it, 
and this was one of them.

I'm sure it would be better if the whole thing was built from some kind 
of trendy plug-in modular architecture, like Apache, but that's beyond 
my programming experience and knowledge. I'm not a computer scientist or 
a professionally trained programmer, I'm entirely self-taught.

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