So, my spam folder – just the spam automatically weeded out by SpamAssassin – was 1.3G this year. I’m tar/bzipping it up and then deleting it, and I’m really thinking someone needs to do something a lot more aggressive about spam.

I’ll post a followup to this with how much you can compress spam, because I’m curious. Does it compress better or worse than regular mail? 😉

3 Responses to “Housekeeping..”

  1. ClintJCL Says:

    I think the “actual spam” parts would compress better than “normal mail” because they are repetitious – Viagra, Nigeria, PenisPenisPenis, CheatingWives, Viagra.

    I think the parts designed to elude the spam filters would be closer to random, and probably not compress as well as regular mail.

    By giving a two-pronged answer, I make it harder to refute my conjecture! 🙂

    I once made a bad mail loop that grew my mailqueue to 1.6G — in 24 hours. I delayed email for all 30,000 or so accounts at virginia tech by 24 hours. Oops.

  2. Cygnostik Says:

    Hahaha, I like ClintJCL’s take. Though I am compelled to point out that the word penis was in there *3* times among only 5 sentances… But I guess we can just blame that on having to deal with so much spam or everyones favorite “TV”. 😛

    Ahhhh… fun with mail.

    Isn’t it time to build that evil, super-anti-spam system yet?


  3. sheer_panic Says:


    Much worse.


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