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Re: Suddenly load average of 15-18???

From: Thomas Cameron
Subject: Re: Suddenly load average of 15-18???
Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 09:07:24 -0500

On Thu, 2005-05-12 at 21:07 -0500, R. Steven Rainwater wrote:
> On Thu, 2005-05-12 at 10:03, Thomas Cameron wrote:
> > spamass-milter-0.3.0-3 ...
> > All of a sudden about two days ago spamc processes
> > were chewing up the machine 
> This is probably unrelated to your issue but I just switched to
> spamass-milter from smtp-vilter and noticed two load related issues.
> First my server load averages around 1 - 2 using spamass-milter vs .25 -
> .5 with smtp-vilter. Second, lots of spamd processes seem to stack up
> and run for very long periods of time (10 - 15 minutes) with
> spamass-milter vs never more than about a minute with smtp-vilter. 
> I have other issues with smtp-vilter which made me decide to drop it
> and, other than the high loads, I like spamass-milter much better. I've
> tweaked the spamd settings and improved the situation somewhat but I'm
> still running at a higher load level than I like. Has anyone compared
> the code of these two milters? I'd be curious to hear any speculation on
> the cause of the load difference.

I am not sure why, but a reboot of my Red Hat Enterprise Linux box
cleared it all up.  I am beginning to think that maybe I updated
something on the RHEL box through up2date that affected something in my
mail mechanism and I didn't know it.  Anyway, all is happy again.


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