DAve dave.list at
Tue Sep 5 17:31:50 IST 2006

Rob Poe wrote:
> Is there a way to start MailScanner so that it processes any messages in it's queue, but does not accept new incoming messages?
> I have a client with an older linux box running MailScanner and it's just being crushed ... with spam....
> It's a Celeron 2.0 ghz / 512mb ram / dual IDE disk
>  10:55:02  up 19:05,  1 user,  load average: 6.23, 4.56, 4.04
> Running access lists in Sendmail (to block out other countries) and running the greet_pause feature (which is helping a lot)
> Seeing things like this:  Sep  5 10:56:12 mail MailScanner[25809]: Batch processed in 61.70 seconds 
> I've tried 5, 3 and now 2 MS children.

How many messages in a batch?
What kind of SpamAssassin rule sets/plugins?
Any RBLs at the MTA level?

I've seen load go to 20 on my servers for days on end and they kept 
chugging away. Load doesn't mean that much, if MS is still processing in 
good time I would pay it no mind.

Three years now I've asked Google why they don't have a
logo change for Memorial Day. Why do they choose to do logos
for other non-international holidays, but nothing for

Maybe they forgot who made that choice possible.

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