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Hosting a list server: any experience with this?
I'm not really looking for any detailed technical answers here, but a friend of mine recently had a very bad experience with his website host (his Forum has been offline for days) and we've been chatting about a possible 'disaster plan' in case it happens again.
I suggested a list server, to be implemented in case the Forum vanishes again. If we had a list of Forum members we could then contact them during any down-time and keep that essential 'feeling of community' going. Currently this is in jeopardy for my friend.
I have no experience with list servers but have heard of Majordomo, and think this can be hooked up to Postfix. So my questions are probably quite naive:
- is it difficult to implement Majordomo with Postfix?
- can such a system be deployed at short notice from a desktop PC (*nix of course!)
- does it require a box with high specs?
I would be grateful for any feedback from someone who runs a regular list server for an online community. Then I might be able to learn about this myself and figure out if I can even be bothered to try this!
Last edited by fingal; 02-19-2008 at 11:59 AM. Reason: Removed typo - its been a day of typos!I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso
I am currently running mailman integrated with postfix and its working like a champ. this is on a debian system and was faily easy to setup
02-19-2008 #3I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso
My server is a dual Intel 1.86 Xeon cpu, 2 G of ddr2 memory. my cpu's average less then 1% usage and memory stays above 500M. my postfix install sends anywhere from 10000 - 20000 emails a day depending. not sure of the mailman usage. I am also using debian etch with a base install and only what else I need installed (no X). Either way I would think this would work on a much smaller machine with absolutly no problems. postfix is a very robust system and mailman seems to be as well.
I will add that barring my site specific postfix setup, installing wasn't much more then apt-get install postfix and apt-get install mailman
and then a little minor config.
Thanks jledhead - that's all very useful information. I might play around with that software myself this weekend. It doesn't sound hard to run. Best of all, it'll work with a minimal installation.I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso