[Mailman-Users] mailman cron gets uppity

James Aylett dj-mailman at insigma.com
Wed Nov 8 12:17:48 CET 2000

I'm having problems with Mailman 1.1, on Debian. Looking at the upgrade
notes for 2.0b I see that the cron jobs have changed significantly,
especially stuff to do with running the queue, so this problem /may/ have
been fixed. Given that it usually only shows up at month ends, it's
difficult to provoke, and I'd rather /know/ what's going on than upgrade and
hope :)

Basically, the monthly stuff for subscription reminders causes mailman to
bomb out with a 'too many open files' error. It isn't exceeding the OS limit
(at least, nothing else is having trouble, and the machine is floating at
around 1300 open file handles at the moment), so I can only assume it's
exceeding the ulimit. Which should be 1024, unless I'm either very confused
or something's changing it.

Worse, this leaves lots of run_queue processes lying around (this month, it
was about 70).

I've tried fiddling with some of the options set out in Defaults.py, that I
think ought to restrict the number of concurrent mailman processes, but it
isn't documented very clearly so I'm probably wrong (MAX_SPAWNS,

Anyone have any ideas on this?


  james aylett                                   chief technical architect
  http://www.tangozebra.com/                                    tangozebra

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