Abstracts - 12th Systems Administration Conference
Drinking from the Fire(walls) Hose: Another Approach to Very Large Mailing Lists
Strata Rose Chalup, Christine Hogan, Greg Kulosa, Bryan
McDonald, and Bryan Stansell - Global Networking and Computing,
This paper describes a set of tools and procedures which allow
very large mailing lists to be managed with the freeware tool of the
administrator's choice. With the right approach scaling technology can
be applied to a list management tool transparently.
years, many ingenious methods have been proposed for handling email
deliveries to mailing lists of several thousand subscribers.
Administration of a mailing list is not limited to message delivery,
however. Tasks such as managing subscribers, dealing with mail
bounces, and preventing list spamming also become more difficult when
applied to very large lists.
As a case study, this paper
describes the process of moving the well-known "Firewalls" mailing
list from its original home at GreatCircle Associates to a new
infrastructure at GNAC. The process was thought to be straightforward
and obvious, and it soon became apparent that it was neither. We trust
that our discoveries will benefit other systems administrators
undertaking similar projects, either concerning large mailing lists or
moving complex "legacy systems."
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