On Wed, 2004-11-24 at 14:14 +0100, Evilio del Rio wrote:
> Hi,
> I have installed the dspam filter
> (http://www.nuclearelephant.com/projects/dspam) on our mail server
> (RedHat 7.3 Linux with sendmail 8.13 and procmail). I have ~300 users
> with a quite low traffic of 4000 messages/day. So it's a quite common
> platform/environment, nothing spectacular.

I am using DSpam with PostgreSQL here.  I have a daily job that cleans
the DSpam database up, as follows:

DELETE FROM dspam_token_data
  WHERE (innocent_hits*2) + spam_hits < 5
  AND CURRENT_DATE - last_hit > 60;

DELETE FROM dspam_token_data
  WHERE innocent_hits = 1
  AND CURRENT_DATE - last_hit > 30;

DELETE FROM dspam_token_data
  WHERE CURRENT_DATE - last_hit > 180;

DELETE FROM dspam_signature_data
  WHERE CURRENT_DATE - created_on > 14;

VACUUM dspam_token_data;

VACUUM dspam_signature_data;

I also occasionally do a "VACUUM FULL ANALYZE;" on the database as well.

In all honesty though, I think that MySQL is better suited to DSpam than
PostgreSQL is.

> Please, could anyone explain me this difference?
> Is Postgres that bad?
> Is MySQL that good?
> Am I the only one to have observed this behavior?

I believe that what DSpam does that is not well-catered for in the way
PostgreSQL operates, is that it does very frequent updates to rows in
(eventually) quite large tables.  In PostgreSQL the UPDATE will result
internally in a new record being written, with the old record being
marked as deleted.  That old record won't be re-used until after a
VACUUM has run, and this means that the on-disk tables will have a lot
of dead rows in them quite quickly.

The reason that PostgreSQL operates this way, is a direct result of the
way transactional support is implemented, and it may well change in a
version or two.  It's got better over the last few versions, with things
like pg_autovacuum, but that approach still doesn't suit some types of
database updating.

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