Posting propagation delays

From: John Lawson <>
Date: Fri Oct 10 01:08:22 2003

On Fri, 10 Oct 2003, Pete Turnbull wrote:

> On Oct 9, 22:24, John Lawson wrote:
> >
> > I am moderately curious why it is taking one to five (or more)
> h

[chaste snippage]

> When did you post this one? The headers show when it passe through
> each MTA along the way (in reverse order):

  This one 'cleared' fairly quickly, as you point out. Vide my previous
message "Scrapping Tape Drive" for an example of a 'delayed' post.

> Received: from [] (

[more snippola]

> So it took about 10 minutes from your mailer to my ISP (give or take a
> little, allowing for possible lack of clock sync) fo this one. Next
> time you see a delay, look at the message headers and you'll see where
> the delay is.

  Well, Pete, maybe *you'll* see where the delay is - I'm just a dumb EE,
and all this Stuff makes my head hurt. In fact, I have never in the last
12 years had the "full header" mode in Pine 'on' until tonite... and I
turned in right back off again.

  What I am still asking is why it sometimes takes hours for a post to
propagate - not how to read / interpret routing info. I don't care much
about the data per se, just trying to understand the *algorithm*.

  And, understanding that even in the last six months, there has been a
quantum jump in the spam and 'bacteria' levels in the overall Inet traffic
- it still irks me that not too long ago messages seemd to have only a few
seconds from 'send' to 'read'.


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