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Re: emails innummerable

From: David Linn
Subject: Re: emails innummerable
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2018 20:23:03 -0600

The digest sender looks not at the number of messages in the queue but rather at the combined size of all of the messages in the queue.  To be precise, the Mailman v2.1 List Admin manual says:

Digest delivery is a way to bundle many articles together into one package, which can be delivered once per day (if there were any posted articles), or whenever the package is bigger than a specified limit. Some users may prefer this style of delivery for higher traffic lists since they will receive fewer messages.

I can raise "the specified limit" and potentially reduce the number of digests per day, but it will probably increase the number of large messages *everyone* on the digest list receives.

On Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 1:54 AM David Sumbler <address@hidden> wrote:

-----Original Message-----
From: Jay Hamilton <address@hidden>
To: Jean-Julien Fleck <address@hidden>,
address@hidden, address@hidden
Subject: Re: emails innummerable
Date: Sun, 04 Nov 2018 17:57:57 -0700
> Merci
> but I just checked (and changed my name and address) and it was set
> (as
> far as I could understand ) to 'digest' or group
> so that is not the answer or at least not to the current problem.
> Jay

I think that the problem Jay/Sam is referring to is that the list is so
busy (surely a good thing) that several digests per day are sent out.

On Saturday 3rd November, for instance, I received 14 digests.  These
contained a total of 52 separate messages.  Sending one daily digest
would obviously mean that all 52 messages appeared in one massive

There does seem to be something odd about the way the issue of a digest
is triggered though: one of Saturday's digests contained 8 messages,
another contained just 1.  This variability happens all the time, and
it does not appear to be related to the length of the individual

Is is possible to tweak the list-issuing software either to standardize
the timing of new digests (e.g. once per day, or perhaps once every 6
hours); or alternatively to issue a digest once the number of emails or
their total length has reached a certain level?

I have got used to the apparently random frequency and length of the
digests, but I can quite see that it might annoy some people.


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