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GMail is trying too hard

10 May 2005

This is the first time ever that I'm seeing such a mailer daemon error:

Mail Delivery Subsystem <mailer-daemon@gmail.com> to me

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

fink-beginners @ lists.sourceforge.net

Technical details of permanent failure: TEMP_FAILURE: Too many connections to lists.sourceforge.net

Anybody else is facing this problem?

Comments

JD says:

Isn't it more about lists.sourceforge.net being overloaded than GMail trying too hard? ;)

JD

Swaroop says:

Nope, read the message carefully - "Too many connections **to** sourceforge".

Also, I've **never** faced that problem in Yahoo! Mail.

JD says:

??

I still don't get it.
Let's talk about Web server. If there are too many connections open on Webserver, it would deny any new HTTP requests. It's not HTTP client's fault.

In the same way, mail server can be overloaded and it would deny any more new connections.

Btw, it's true that this is very bizarre error. I have never seen it myself in my 6.5 years of using Internet.

JD

Swaroop says:

**But** if a _single client_ has too many connections open to the same server, that _is_ the client's fault. At least, that is what I think it is, because I'm not facing any problem with sourceforge lists through my yahoo account.

viperbux says:

It doesn't say that the client had too many connections. It simply said that there "are" too many connections. It's not a gmail issue, apparently at the exact moment the mail was being delivered, lists.sourceforge.net had too many connections.

Typically, a client will repeatedly attempt to send the mail, but if after "X" number of attempts, and the server is STILL unavailable, it will give up.

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