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Subject: Majordomo vs. SmartList
From: "Andrew N. Edmond" <edmond @ UWYO . EDU>
Date: Sat, 06 Apr 1996 14:56:32 -0700 (MST)
To: list-managers @ greatcircle . com
Cc: SmartList @ Informatik . RWTH-Aachen . DE, Frostie Sprout <Frostie @ wyoming . com>
In-reply-to: <Pine.OSF.3.91.960323121907.3007A-100000@homer.louisville.edu>


I will be setting up a mailing list server this month with approximately
40 lists, 50-100 subscribers each (I have a new Pentium Pro 200mhz
dedicated for the service) and I am still, after much research, stuck on a
fence between Majordomo and SmartList. 

As I understand it, SmartList is easier on system resources.  It has been 
told to be that for EVERY message that comes into MajorDomo a new 
majordomo is called into memory to handle it, and a new perl program to 
handle the scripts.  

It has also been told that SmartList only keeps on copy of itself in
memory for each mailing list - regardless of queued messages.  With nearly
20000 messages (anticipated) being distributed, calling 20000 majordomos
into memory each day would kill even a Pentium Pro 200mhz system! 

How ever - Majordomo is clearly the advance leader in free mailing list
software in it's remote administration features, digest features, and has
much fewer bugs.  

I would be willing to make that trade off (SmartList over MajorDomo) if I
could prove that SmartList handled system resources better that Majordomo. 

Any thoughts on this?

Andy

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