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@ 2021-06-08 18:11 Stanley Lieber
  2021-06-08 19:07 ` Julien Blanchard
  2021-06-08 19:41 ` sirjofri
  0 siblings, 2 replies; 6+ messages in thread
From: Stanley Lieber @ 2021-06-08 18:11 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: 9front

messages arrive out of order. messages arrive late. messages don't arrive at all.

I see a lot of stuff like:

1ess Jun  8 14:10:41 delivery '/net.alt/dns' does not exist ([known good hostname])

in the logs.

sl

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* Re: [9front] mailing list issues
  2021-06-08 18:11 [9front] mailing list issues Stanley Lieber
@ 2021-06-08 19:07 ` Julien Blanchard
  2021-06-08 20:31   ` Stanley Lieber
  2021-06-08 19:41 ` sirjofri
  1 sibling, 1 reply; 6+ messages in thread
From: Julien Blanchard @ 2021-06-08 19:07 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: 9front


> Le 8 juin 2021 à 20:37, Stanley Lieber <sl@stanleylieber.com> a écrit :
> 
> messages arrive out of order. messages arrive late. messages don't arrive at all.
> 
> I see a lot of stuff like:
> 
> 1ess Jun  8 14:10:41 delivery '/net.alt/dns' does not exist ([known good hostname])
> 
> in the logs.
> 
> sl

Not sure it can help (I don’t know much about email) but I got DMARC issues every time I sent an email to the list when a year earlier it seemed to work fine. From my server that is so maybe I’m at fault here.

—
julienxx

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* Re: [9front] mailing list issues
  2021-06-08 18:11 [9front] mailing list issues Stanley Lieber
  2021-06-08 19:07 ` Julien Blanchard
@ 2021-06-08 19:41 ` sirjofri
  2021-06-09  0:43   ` Stanley Lieber
  1 sibling, 1 reply; 6+ messages in thread
From: sirjofri @ 2021-06-08 19:41 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Stanley Lieber


08.06.2021 20:11:28 Stanley Lieber <sl@stanleylieber.com>:

> messages arrive out of order. messages arrive late. messages don't 
> arrive at all.
>
> I see a lot of stuff like:
>
> 1ess Jun  8 14:10:41 delivery '/net.alt/dns' does not exist ([known 
> good hostname])

I know this error very well as I noticed it some time ago. I don't know 
exactly what causes it, afaik /net.alt is asked when /net/dns isn't 
available (which is never the case on my machine). So I assume the error 
message is misleading.

The messages are then stored in /mail/queue for the next time, which 
might be the cause for the wrong order of messages.

In my experience this happens a lot and under uncertain circumstances. 
Even if both servers are 9front/upas and dns records are set up properly 
the error can happen.

Most of the time I was personally able to ignore them, sending messages 
again if they aren't sent. But that's only on my private server.

sirjofri

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* Re: [9front] mailing list issues
  2021-06-08 19:07 ` Julien Blanchard
@ 2021-06-08 20:31   ` Stanley Lieber
  2021-06-08 23:00     ` Toby
  0 siblings, 1 reply; 6+ messages in thread
From: Stanley Lieber @ 2021-06-08 20:31 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: 9front

On June 8, 2021 3:07:10 PM EDT, Julien Blanchard <julien@typed-hole.org> wrote:
>
>> Le 8 juin 2021 à 20:37, Stanley Lieber <sl@stanleylieber.com> a écrit :
>> 
>> messages arrive out of order. messages arrive late. messages don't arrive at all.
>> 
>> I see a lot of stuff like:
>> 
>> 1ess Jun  8 14:10:41 delivery '/net.alt/dns' does not exist ([known good hostname])
>> 
>> in the logs.
>> 
>> sl
>
>Not sure it can help (I don’t know much about email) but I got DMARC issues every time I sent an email to the list when a year earlier it seemed to work fine. From my server that is so maybe I’m at fault here.
>
>—
>julienxx
>

upas can't do any kind of dmarc at all.

trouble amplified when we moved off of ramnode ssd-backed disk to 9cloud. we had similar problems years ago when we were on 9cloud before we moved to ramnode.

the way mail is sent, runq hammered the disk, which severely tanked performance on spinning platter disks. we tinkered with it a bit and arrived at the current situation, where sending a message to a list no longer brings the entire system to a crawl, but still exhibits the same other defects.

we ignored this problem for years by throwing an ssd at it.

not much investigation has gone into wtf is going on, but now more people have cpu access to 1ess (mail and web server), so maybe somebody feels like taking a look.

sl


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* Re: [9front] mailing list issues
  2021-06-08 20:31   ` Stanley Lieber
@ 2021-06-08 23:00     ` Toby
  0 siblings, 0 replies; 6+ messages in thread
From: Toby @ 2021-06-08 23:00 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: 9front

On Tuesday, 08 June 2021 at 16:31:53 -0400, Stanley Lieber wrote:
>On June 8, 2021 3:07:10 PM EDT, Julien Blanchard <julien@typed-hole.org> wrote:
>>> Le 8 juin 2021 à 20:37, Stanley Lieber <sl@stanleylieber.com> a 
>>> écrit :
>>>
>>> messages arrive out of order. messages arrive late. messages don't 
>>> arrive at all.
>>>
>>> I see a lot of stuff like:
>>>
>>> 1ess Jun  8 14:10:41 delivery '/net.alt/dns' does not exist ([known good hostname])
>>>
>>Not sure it can help (I don’t know much about email) but I got DMARC 
>>issues every time I sent an email to the list when a year earlier it 
>>seemed to work fine. From my server that is so maybe I’m at fault 
>>here.
>
>upas can't do any kind of dmarc at all.
>
>trouble amplified when we moved off of ramnode ssd-backed disk to 
>9cloud. we had similar problems years ago when we were on 9cloud before 
>we moved to ramnode.
>
>the way mail is sent, runq hammered the disk, which severely tanked 
>performance on spinning platter disks. we tinkered with it a bit and 
>arrived at the current situation, where sending a message to a list no 
>longer brings the entire system to a crawl, but still exhibits the same 
>other defects.
>
>we ignored this problem for years by throwing an ssd at it.

Do you think that the problem is still related to disk access, or is 
there more going on here, given that some but not all of the trouble has 
gone away with the move to ssd?

Given the messages you see in the log, and that certain aspects of the 
problem (I'm not quite clear which from what you write) seem to exist 
with one cloud provider more than with another, it isn't the case that 
you're hitting some kind of rate limit on the cloud provider's dns 
server, or something like that, is it?

In any case, my guess is that this will have more to do with messages 
arriving late and out of order than not-at-all. I generally haven't 
noticed messages being referred to that never arrive with very few 
exceptions, and when I have noticed it, I think I've always found a 
corresponding entry in my spam filter's log saying that a message from 
1ess has been rejected.

The main cause of spamminess for messages from this list that pass 
through my filter seems to be that the Reply-To header is set equal to 
the To address (9front@9front.org), which seems to be the default 
behaviour for mlmgr.  Other mailing lists I'm on seem to usually set a 
List-Post header to do this job rather than a Reply-To.  This can also 
be useful in the case that one wishes to reply only to the sender of a 
message rather than the whole list.

DMARC policy issues for me give lower contributions to the spam score 
than the above problem, and in any case they are hard to avoid for 
mailing lists. (Something which seems to be reflected in how much notice 
spam filters take of DMARC, especially for messages which look like they 
come from mailing lists.)

A more minor point is that 1ess does not seem to be doing starttls when 
it sends messages on. Whilst my spam filter does not attach very much 
significance to such things, I have heard of people caring rather more, 
sometimes to the point of rejecting mail if it does not reach them in a 
hop that uses starttls. If this can be fixed by adding the -s option in 
whatever call to smtp(8) takes place, perhaps it is worth doing.

Toby

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* Re: [9front] mailing list issues
  2021-06-08 19:41 ` sirjofri
@ 2021-06-09  0:43   ` Stanley Lieber
  0 siblings, 0 replies; 6+ messages in thread
From: Stanley Lieber @ 2021-06-09  0:43 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: 9front

On June 8, 2021 3:41:59 PM EDT, sirjofri <sirjofri+ml-9front@sirjofri.de> wrote:
>
>08.06.2021 20:11:28 Stanley Lieber <sl@stanleylieber.com>:
>
>> messages arrive out of order. messages arrive late. messages don't 
>> arrive at all.
>>
>> I see a lot of stuff like:
>>
>> 1ess Jun  8 14:10:41 delivery '/net.alt/dns' does not exist ([known 
>> good hostname])
>
>I know this error very well as I noticed it some time ago. I don't know 
>exactly what causes it, afaik /net.alt is asked when /net/dns isn't 
>available (which is never the case on my machine). So I assume the error 
>message is misleading.
>
>The messages are then stored in /mail/queue for the next time, which 
>might be the cause for the wrong order of messages.
>
>In my experience this happens a lot and under uncertain circumstances. 
>Even if both servers are 9front/upas and dns records are set up properly 
>the error can happen.
>
>Most of the time I was personally able to ignore them, sending messages 
>again if they aren't sent. But that's only on my private server.
>
>sirjofri
>

pretty much yes, this exactly. because we have a large number of subscribers (over 700), things get quite jumbled up.

sl

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2021-06-08 18:11 [9front] mailing list issues Stanley Lieber
2021-06-08 19:07 ` Julien Blanchard
2021-06-08 20:31   ` Stanley Lieber
2021-06-08 23:00     ` Toby
2021-06-08 19:41 ` sirjofri
2021-06-09  0:43   ` Stanley Lieber

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