x86_64 mail servers

Greg Matthews gmatt at nerc.ac.uk
Tue Feb 14 12:57:46 GMT 2006

I've installed on a SMP Opteron box and the only stumbling block is that
Sophos AV is 32 bit only so you cant use the Sophos::SAVI libraries to
interface to it. Instead, you call sophos directly.


On Wed, 2006-02-08 at 10:29 -0800, Mark Nienberg wrote:
> I'm getting ready to migrate a MailScanner server to new hardware.  The 
> new machine has an Opteron chip.  Assuming I use a linux distro that 
> comes in both x86 and x86_64 versions, is there any reason to avoid the 
> x86_64 version? (I'm not asking about which distro to use!)
> I'm running a similar machine as a file server using x86_64 so I am 
> somewhat familiar with it, but that machine uses mostly software that 
> came with the distro and is already compiled.  The MailScanner machine 
> needs more third-party stuff and I wonder about the ability to obtain 
> and compile all those perl modules and so forth.
> I've seen comments on this list that the x86_64 didn't seem to make much 
> difference and I admit it is simpler to use the plain x86 version, but 
> it bothers me a little to intentionally not use the software that is 
> specifically configured for the chip.
> Thanks for any insights.
> Mark Nienberg
> Tipping Mar + associates
> Berkeley, CA
Greg Matthews           01491 692445
Head of UNIX/Linux, iTSS Wallingford

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