As everyone knows, I send a lot of email, but it turns out I
also get a lot of email as well. Just how much I never really considered
until the other day when someone asked, so I figured I'd check.
I took a 24 hour period spanning Wednesday November 10 through Thursday
November 11, 2010 as a random sample of what flows my way. This was a
fairly normal day, nothing major happening in Linux kernel development
land, or at work, so the numbers might a bit low from some other random
day where there might be wonderful flamefests going on or lots of
work-related questions happening.
Overall, in 24 hours I received 18,799,115 bytes (18Mb) of email in 2067 individual messages:
|Linux related messages
|Non-Linux related messages
In looking at the Linux related messages, they broke down in the
- 59 emails from my "I have applied your patch" bot
- 4 responses to that bot where either I was thanked (1) or complaints that I applied the wrong patch (3)
- 237 emails to mailing lists that I read everything that is posted. This
includes a number of openSUSE mailing lists, systemd, linux-usb, linux-pci,
linux-hotplug, IP, and a variety of other lower traffic lists.
- 49 emails to internal work related mailing lists
- 97 emails that were work related and automatically generated (bugzilla, obs,
- 844 emails to mailing lists that I filter and just skim as I have time and
energy for. This includes linux-kernel, git, ntdev, linux-fsdevel and a few
other minor lists.
- 2 emails that were Novell wide and very generic
- 19 work related emails where I was on the To: or Cc:
- 1 mailman list admin message
- 1 lwn.net weekly notificataion
- 29 messages sent by me to lists that I'm on
- 167 duplicates (messages sent to more than one list I'm on, or to me and a
list at the same time.)
- 5 bounced email notifications
- 35 kernel patches I was asked to review or apply that were sent publically to
a list as well.
- 90 responses to kernel patches I was asked to review or apply by others doing
- 3 private emails about kernel patches sent to me already that I hadn't got to
- 8 private emails from people I know, having something to do with Linux
- 6 private emails about Linux issues from people that I do not know, that
should have been sent to a mailing list instead of just me.
And again, this really felt like a slow day for email, I should do this for
a "busy" day sometime again to see just how much larger it really is, or
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