[Bug 700580] Re: Bug in Mailman version 2.1.14 - system crash

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Mon Jan 10 23:44:52 CET 2011

It appears that some list's archive directories are missing. If you do

ls -l /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/archives/private/

there should be a LISTNAME and a LISTNAME.mbox directory for every list.
Did someone try to remove the archives for some lists? What do you have?

Note the missing list posts have been shunted, and after the archive
issue is fixed, they can be unshunted by running


but before doing that, it is advisable to examine the files in
/usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/qfiles/shunt with
/usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/bin/show_qfiles as there may be old,
no longer relevant posts and/or multiple reposts.

Depending on what you want to do and what you have available, you may
restore the missing directories from a backup that has them, or if you
have the
file and just the
/usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/archives/private/LISTNAME directory
is missing, you can run

/usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/bin/arch LISTNAME

to recreate the HTML archive, or to create a new, empty archive from
scratch, do the following

mkdir /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/archives/private/LISTNAME.mbox
chgrp mailman /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/archives/private/LISTNAME.mbox
chmod 2775 /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/archives/private/LISTNAME.mbox
touch /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/archives/private/LISTNAME.mbox/LISTNAME.mbox
chmod 664 /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/archives/private/LISTNAME.mbox/LISTNAME.mbox
/usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/bin/arch LISTNAME

Note, please let me know if there is anything confidential about the
list names in the error log. If not, I will mark this report public.

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