[Gllug] Sending lots of emails "crashes a server"

Russell G. Howe rhowe at wiss.co.uk
Thu Jul 22 22:31:49 UTC 2004

On Wed, Jul 21, 2004 at 09:42:05AM +0100, John Hearns wrote:
> On Tue, 2004-07-20 at 19:27, Bruce Richardson wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 20, 2004 at 05:16:39PM +0100, Tom wrote:
> > > Is it likely that a user could crash a Linux server by doing a mass
> > > mailing?

Maybe the MTA was processing too many messages at once (should be
configured to only process n at once) and the box ran out of RAM+swap?

If you're virus and spam-scanning lots of messages at the same time,
RAM usage can be quite heavy.

Russell Howe       | Why be just another cog in the machine,
rhowe at siksai.co.uk | when you can be the spanner in the works?
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