[Mailman-Users] Errors running news gateway

scott cotton scott at chronis.pobox.com
Fri Jan 8 06:19:49 CET 1999

The locking mechanism in mailman has timeouts associated
with it that are easily changed in the calling program.

Those timeouts default to a value that is good for most
operations, but not for potenitally long-running operations
such as running the mail queue or gating news. 

So those errors do not indicate a failure to perform, but a
(slight) risk of ccorrupting data.  I would suggest that the
files OutgoingQueue.py and GateNews.py be reviewed for their
calls to lockfile(filename) and changing the calls to say
lockfile(filename, 2400) (the 2400 is in secs I think) or
something that gives ample time for the previous program to


On Thu, Jan 07, 1999 at 11:48:07PM -0500, Jonathan Bradshaw wrote:
| I have cron run the news gateway every half hour. Every so often during the
| day I see the following:
| Exception NotLockedError in <method FileLock.__del__ of FileLock instance at
| +8181510> ignored
| OR
| Exception exceptions.OSError: (2, 'No such file or directory',
| +'/var/mailman/locks/gate_lock.rmadg.Garbo.17482') in <method FileLock.__del__
| +of FileLock instance at 8181390> ignored
| OR
| Exception exceptions.ValueError: 'unpack list of wrong size' in <method
| +FileLock.__del__ of FileLock instance at 80dddc0> ignored
| Should I be concerned about them? It appears to be working correctly.
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