MailScanner can't keep up

Julian Field MailScanner at
Wed Feb 22 19:26:09 GMT 2006

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Drew Burchett wrote:
> It's definitely having a memory issue.  It's using all available.
> However, reducing the number of children, or even the number of mails
> scanned per pass doesn't seem to speed anything up.  I think there may
> be some issue with either the base machine configuration or possibly a
> hardware issue.  I've started forwarding all the traffic to a machine
> half the size of this one and it's keeping up just fine.  Looks like a
> reformat and reinstall may be in order, but any other suggestions are
> more than welcome.
You should be able to run 1 child in 512Mb without too much of a 
problem. Make sure nothing else is hogging memory (e.g. nscd).
> And yes, 512Mb is not a lot for a mail scanner, but I can't seem to get
> my boss to spring for any more.
The amount of money your wasted time is costing him is far more than the 
cost of the RAM. Point that out to him and see if he reacts.
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