[R] Re: R-Help List Transmit Time

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Wed Dec 12 09:02:05 CET 2001

I answer publicly, since this is something like a moderatly FAQ

>>>>> "Marc" == Marc Schwartz <MSchwartz at medanalytics.com> writes:

    Marc> Question: Is it typical for messages posted to the R
    Marc> help list to take on the order of 2.5 hours to be
    Marc> transmitted to some subscribers after being sent?

yes, it is.

    Marc> The reason that I ask is that I have posted to the
    Marc> list twice today and it seems to take some time for my
    Marc> post to get e-mailed back to me.  In fact, I got a
    Marc> reply tonight to one of my posts (on the F test query)
    Marc> before I got a copy of my original post. This tells me
    Marc> that at least some folks are getting my posts within a
    Marc> reasonable period of time.

that's true: Those at the beginning of the list (and some others
with identical mail server) are getting things quickly; this
includes all of R-core on purpose.

    Marc> I have noted other posts that I have gotten where the
    Marc> time received is consistently some 2+ hours after the time sent.

other people have even longer delays...  Note that there are
currently about 870 subscribers to R-help (plus ~170 to R-help-digest). 

I still hope that this will be improved ``real soon now'' when
our mail server will get much more "power" dedicated to sendmail
and/or also by using a version of bulkmail.. 
on the other hand, it's not so bad if people get time to think
sometimes even before posting .. :-)

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Martin Maechler
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