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RE: exim4-light vs exim4-heavy

> From: Dave Ewart [mailto:davee@sungate.co.uk]
> Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2005 10:18 AM


> Well, yes: but that applies regardless of whether you've launching it
> from procmail or not :-)

Well, not exactly.  I don't know enough about Exim to know if it can operate
this way, but if you do your AV/content filtering during the SMTP
transaction, you can reject with a 550 at the end of data.  That is a lot
better than silently discarding messages after accepting them.  Yes, that
keeps the TCP connection open a long time, but for a small to medium sized
system, that should not be a big issue.

The real savings is in rejecting before data based on a variety of measures,
terminating the connection much sooner and saving a lot of bandwidth.  If
you do enough of that, you can cut down the number of messages that you
allow to go into data, and thus require AV/content filtering, to the point
that it is much less of a load on the system.


Seth Goodman

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