[ILUG] email as file transfer
John P. Looney
valen at tuatha.org
Tue Aug 2 15:25:39 IST 2005
On Tue, Aug 02, 2005 at 02:58:40PM +0100, Proinnsias Breathnach mentioned:
> Um, no, Large attachments are, from the networks' PoV the same as any
> other large transfer. Internally - a doddle on modern networks.
> Externally, not so hot, but hey - quotas work.
Hmm. I'm more thinking of cases where both the MX of the sender and
reciever have size limits. Someone sends a 200MB TIFF, and it bounces
around, chewing up bandwidth for weeks, till someone notices.
The other case is where you have a mail server with a lot of users. If
out of 30000 users, 1 in 50 mails has an attachment over a few hundred k,
suddenly queue management is a mess. If the destinations are slow, and you
have a build up of 200x2MB files in /var, it can get messy very very
But that's gonna happen with any quick & dirty file transfer clearing
house. It's a shame that MUAs don't mark any mail with an attachment as
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