New speed benchmark

Julian Field MailScanner at
Sat Feb 4 12:20:35 GMT 2006

It was just a copy of our incoming email feed for a while, so it was a 
totally normal spread of everything. No point testing things on fiddled 
or generated mail.

Pete Russell wrote:
> What was the content of the 770k of mail? EG 60%+ of spam and viruses? 
> Many emails with attachements, nested zip files or anything?
> 770k completely different emails?
> Just curious.
> Thanks
> Pete
> Julian Field wrote:
>> Glenn Steen wrote:
>>> On 04/02/06, Res <res at> wrote:
>>>> On Sat, 4 Feb 2006, shuttlebox wrote:
>>>>> Is that with SA or just virus checking? I find that SA with all its
>>>>> network checks adds a lot more time than the virus scan.
>>>> With SA it loads to 4 but it gave us too many false alarms so we 
>>>> disabled
>>>> it, even when we ran it we disabled most checks, the only thing  it 
>>>> did
>>>> was indicate spam content, we use qmail and sendmail to test RBL's 
>>>> etc, no
>>>> point in accepting the full msg passing it to MS to reject/drop 
>>>> when we
>>>> can reject on header only at MTA
>>> That in the greater part explains the difference in load avgs. Not
>>> that I know exactly what network tests Jules ran in this case, but
>>> your low figures are simply due to you not doing 1) SA, and 2) SAs BL
>>> lookups. As mentioned, these two tend to add some "real" load and (in
>>> the latter case) significant "unreal" load;-).
>> No RBLs in MailScanner, but with SpamAssassin, DCC and Razor.
>> 1 virus scanner. No rules_du_jour but just the rules that come 
>> supplied with SpamAssassin 3.1.
>> Basically a default install of MailScanner 4.50, i.e. everything 
>> switched on. The only things I added were SA3.1, DCC and Razor.

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