[Mailman-Developers] [Mailman-Users] Low level bug: (solved)

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Thu Jul 28 17:52:05 CEST 2005

Forrest Aldrich wrote:
>The problem was an obscure typo in mm_cfg.py.   Missing single quotes, 
>basically.  It's "obscure" because it wasn't very obvious... and I 
>looked over everything with a fine-toothed comb, including our proxy and 
>httpd setup!
>It seems to me that Mailman could probably provide better debugging 
>output in this scenario.   I don't know Python, but at the point where 
>the mm_cfg.py file is parsed, any syntactical errors could be reported 
>then.   ?

The real issue here seems to be that the import from mm_cfg done in the
driver script is inadequately protected. The driver script
print_traceback definition contains

        from Mailman.mm_cfg import VERSION
    except ImportError:
        VERSION = '<undetermined>'

This is fine if there is an ImportError exception, but since mm_cfg.py
is edited by users, it is possible (likely) that there will be a
SyntaxError error exception here, and something more meaningful than
the "Mailman experienced a very low level failure and could not even
generate a useful traceback for you." message could be reported.

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