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Subject: Re: new subscribers get inundated by old messages (linux prob?)
From: R E Welsh <evan @ murrayfield . quadstone . co . uk>
Date: 08 Oct 1996 09:54:58 +0100
To: bill @ celestial . com
Cc: majordomo-users @ greatcircle . com
In-reply-to: Bill Campbell's message of Tue, 1 Oct 1996 13:17:31 -0700 (PDT)
References: <m0v8BFz-000PnsC@camco2.celestial.com>

>>>>> "EW" == Evan Welsh <R.E.Welsh@quadstone.co.uk> writes:
>>>>> "Bill" = Bill Campbell <bill@celestial.com> writes:

Evan> A couple of months ago Steven Nunez posted that his new subscribers were
Evan> getting the last couple of weeks' worth of old messages sent to them when
Evan> they subscribed. The resulting thread confirmed that this was not a feature
Evan> of majordomo but nobody suggested what the cause might be.

Bill> This is very likely a feature of your MTA (Mail Transport Agent) which
Bill> results when there are old messages that are still in the mail queue
Bill> waiting for delivery.  We use smail-2.1.?? and smail-3.2 and for each
Bill> message it maintains a list of the addresses to which it has successfully
Bill> delivered the message and attempts to deliver mail to the current list
Bill> that don't appear in that list.

I'm not sure I understand. How does it find out about new names that get
added after the message was queued?

More importantly is there a way to stop it doing this?

Bill> We put a comment about this in our info files and say that it could be
Bill> construed as a feature since it gives new subscribers a chance to
Bill> catch up on recent traffic without going to the archives.

When I first noticed it I thought it was kind of neat but now I think it's
more trouble than it's worth.

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