On Saturday 17 August 2002 09:45, Justin French wrote:
> I wouldn't call this a real solution, since it relies heavily on specific
> server requirements and config changes. 

It's a bit harsh to say it's not a real solution just because it relies on 
some specifics. There's no harm in taking advantage of your situation and use 
whatever resources you can to complete your job.

I run a qmail server. When I send out newsletters, I run a query and extract 
the mailing addresses I need. Then I build a .qmail file (similar to 
sendmail's alias file), and finally I send mail to that .qmail (alias). The 
mail is queued once and all recipients listed in the .qmail file gets a copy. 
It is a solution that works for me so don't tell me that that is a virtual 
solution :)

The fact is that a solution that relies solely on PHP would probably be too 
slow, unreliable and messy.

> Simple fact is that a LOT of PHP
> programmers are on shared servers, and their hosts would NOT want 50,000
> emails queued up on disk.  No way!!

But you would have 50,000 mails going out anyway regardless of what solution 
you come up with. You mentioned sparklist in previous posts. Assuming that 
they allow customised mailings, how would you get 50,000 pieces of info to 
them so that they can perform the mailing?

> I'd expect doing this frequently on a shared server would be the fastest
> way to get your account shut down.

I would recommend getting a dedicated server. They start from USD100/month and 
can easily cope with 10-20 sites so cost per site is only $5-10. Of course 
that opens another can of worms because you would have to deal with server 
administration etc.

Jason Wong -> Gremlins Associates -> www.gremlins.com.hk
Open Source Software Systems Integrators
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