[Mailman-Users] howto restore list archives, configuration post hardware crash

Aaron M. Johnson amj at mqqn.net
Tue Jan 16 07:15:35 CET 2001



I  received the  following  message  during an  attempt  to restore  a
mailman  installation.   When our  mailing  list  servers' hard  drive
crashed we decided to reinstall the OS from scratch.  This is a Debian
box currently  running mailman debian package version  1.1-6.  I don't
recall which  version was on  the system prior  to the crash.   If its
important I could dig it up.  For  backup of the archives I made a tar
file  of  /var/lib/mailman   and  restored  it  on  top   of  the  new
installation.  That lead to some problems.

Jan 12 05:14:30 hippo postfix/local[1180]: 40FB1B929: to=<listnamedeleted>, relay=local, delay=3, status=bounced (Command died with status 1: "/var/lib
/mailman/mail/wrapper post staff". Command output: Traceback (innermost last):   File "/var/lib/mailman/scripts/post", line 73, in ?     mlist.Post(msg, approved=from
usenet)   File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/MailList.py", line 1362, in Post     footer = self.msg_footer % d)   File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/Deliverer.py", line 162, 
in DeliverToList     cmdproc.write("%d\n" % self.num_spawns) AttributeError: num_spawns )

the  error occurs  with both  old lists  and newly  created  ones.  It
occurs  in various  forms  with three  SMTP  clients; sendmail,  exim,

Can someone make sense of this  debug output?  I am a novice in python
but would like to learn more.  This has me stumped.

I am pretty sure it has to do with what I unpacked from the tar file.
I am not sure if it was incorrect permissions, file ownership or what
that caused the error.  

Mailman appears to work after purging all configuration files and only
adding new  lists without restore the  old ones.  If  possible I would
like to be  able to restore the old archives,  admin passwords, etc in
an automated fashion.  Tips?

thank you,
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