Jed Michnowicz <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>I have been asked to setup 4 announcement mailing lists that will have a
>subscritpion size of 2,500-7,500 subscribers/list. I was wondering if a
>list this size would kill the resources on our server (will it send it to
>a halt). Right now it is a PPro200 w/ 100+ megs of RAM w/ sendmail.
>I am not concered about slow delivery of messages (the messages will not
>be super time sensitive), and there will be very few messages sent out on
>the lists (maybe 1 message a week per list).
You won't have any trouble.
>My question is, will our machine die if we are trying to send off a
>message to 7500 subscribers with a plain old majordomo setup, or am I
>going to have to put a throttle on sendmail (putting sendmail in a
>crontab, etc). The machine also has to serve out web pages so I need some
>spare resources at all times.
Sendmail is single-threaded. Each delivery will be handled by one
sendmail process. This makes for slow, low-impact delivery. Your load
is so small that you could probably even use bulk_mailer to speed up
delivery dramatically without bringing your machine to its knees.