[Mailman-Users] Feature Request

Harold Paulson haroldp at sierraweb.com
Tue Oct 24 00:51:12 CEST 2000


I managed to get a couple days off (to go to the BSDCon, wooh) and of 
course everything broke while I was out of the office  :)

Mailman broke too, I'm afraid.  One of our lists sent out a slew of 
duplicate messages until it was killed manually.  This is Mailman 
2.0b5 on FreeBSD 4.0-STABLE.  I did patch Python to fix the LAST mail 
looping bug, so I haven't figured out why it misbehaved this time.

Anyway, I have a feature request that relates to this.  What do you 
think about adding a lookup table for each list with digests of the 
bodies of the last day's  posts.  When Mail man sends message, it 
could check that table to see if it has already sent an exact 
duplicate, and perhaps notify the administrator if a duplicate pops 
up.  Does that make sense?  I don't do Python yet, or I would attempt 
this myself.

I don't know what caused this last loop, but whatever the reason was, 
I wish Mailman had some safeguards that would have detected and 
prevented it.  These are pretty painful when they happen.

Thanks for listening.

	- H

PS: second attempt to send this.  First try gave me an error message...

Harold Paulson                  Sierra Web Design
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