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Re: Collective OT BIOS help AND an aside smtp question

So your disk should be fine (6.4 gives you, hmmm, 100MB for the OS,
1 GB for swap (why not?) and 5+MB for spool which is about all
you'd want anyway.

Me?  I might put up another box in parallel because older machines
will die - either from poor fans/cooling or poor power supplies.

Quoting Elijah Savage III (esavage_(_at_)_digitalrage_(_dot_)_org):
> Why? Because the box was sitting in the closet not doing anything
> (smile). It wasn't a case of whether the box was strong enough but why
> strip it down just because your only going to use it for mail? So we
> said hey it is a feebie.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chuck Yerkes [mailto:chuck+obsd_(_at_)_2002_(_dot_)_snew_(_dot_)_com] 
> Sent: Monday, November 25, 2002 1:27 PM
> To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
> Subject: Re: Collective OT BIOS help AND an aside smtp question
> Quoting Jon Quiros (jquiros_(_at_)_teahead_(_dot_)_net):
> > Elijah Savage III wrote:
> > > I have been terribly pleased with openbsd 3.2 I was using it as a 
> > > mail gateway with postifx on a pentium pro 200 with 1 gig of memory 
> > > serving about 3800 users on the network. Well I wanted to add a 
> > > larger harddrive than what I have in it now only 6.4 gig. Well the 
> > > machine would not see it and for some reason after hours and hours 
> > > of trying I can't get a
> I used to use a (30MHz) DecStation to "gateway" mail for 20k people. It
> had 64MB of RAM and 2 2GB disks (one boot, the other /var/spool/, swap
> on both).
> The PentiumPro/200 seems about right (cept for TLS support).
> I'm trying to figure out why, for mail in transit, you'd WANT more than
> 6 GB.  Why you'd need 1GB of RAM.
> I'm coming up short.
> I usually have to fight clients who want a 2 or 4 way machine and
> inevitably go with cheap disks.  I've found that a 2 Way E250 with good
> good hardware RAID doesn't blink at relaying 40k messages per hour
> to/from the Internet (many outgoing messages will sit in queue and many
> may never get delivered). The iostats and vmstats on the machine show
> capacity to spare.
> Me?  I might get another machine, with decent disks, swipe 512MB from
> the first and have redundancy.

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