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Re: You can start saving now

128M? My firewall has more than that. My personal firewall... A P120....or 133...I honestly don't remember. But anyway who's bright idea was that? You can get ahold of 256M for like $100 or less, usually less.

128M hasn't been enough for a server, especially a heavily used one, for a loooong time, long before the Duron came out.

--On Sunday, May 23, 2004 20:05 -0400 Dale E Martin <dmartin@cliftonlabs.com> wrote:

You really need a serious amount of mail for SA to bog down.  As you all
realized, mail volume is relative.

Even with just a few thousand mails a day, I have had a Duron 1GHz machine
(with 128M) come to a crawl due to spamassassin in the past.  If there was
any kind of outage then when the mail started coming back in the machine
would thrash badly and the load would skyrocket, and this loop would

We now throttle the mail based on the load, limit incoming connections,
limit forked SAs, limit # of mails per connection, etc and the machine
does OK.  Without SA this machine would be able to handle at least 10X
the mail volume.  (I hate spam, and this is one of the reasons - it costs
real money!)  I do realize that the real solution is more RAM and we're
moving that direction.

Take care,
Dale E. Martin, Clifton Labs, Inc.
Senior Computer Engineer
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