Over the last few weeks I've seen the load of our external mail gateways rise steadily. Our MailScanner installation uses two virus scanners to detect malware: Clam AV and a commercial product. The CPU utilization of the machines was going through the roof. This morning I activated Mail::ClamAV, tweaked two settings in MailScanner.conf and the results are impressive. This graph shows the CPU utilization for one of the boxes: CPU today Within a few minutes, the machine's load average immediately dropped to the ground and the CPU utilization has gone back to normal. The reason is obvious: instead of MailScanner forking a new clamscan process for each message, it now loads the signatures once and performs the scan from within the Perl module.

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Mail, Exim, and Linux :: 31 May 2007 :: e-mail


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