[Mailman-Users] Backup script...

Mark T. Valites valites at geneseo.edu
Tue Nov 27 17:21:12 CET 2001

I should have mentioned this before...

One thing I did notice is that you will loose all pending administrative 
tasks, but I'll bet you can use dumpdb to see which lists have pending 

On Tuesday, November 27, 2001, at 11:09 AM, Phydeaux wrote:

> Thanks!
> reb
> At 10:54 AM 11/27/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>> I posted this once before for backing up archives, dbs, and keeping 
>> all user info, but it had one small bug.  The files in 
>> archives/private/* had the wrong permissions set.  A small change took 
>> care of that.  Also, the $person_to_nag_with_700_emails variable 
>> doesn't matter if you use the --output argument to bin/newlist.  If 
>> you are moving to a new machine name, you will also want to set things 
>> with config_list - I cannot stress how powerful a tool this can be!
>> I think this will work for what you want, but of course this didn't 
>> fix my mailman woes :(
>> On Tuesday, November 27, 2001, at 10:28 AM, Phydeaux wrote:
>>> At 07:34 PM 11/26/2001 -0800, you wrote:
>>>> At 21:49 -0500 11/26/2001, Phydeaux wrote:
>>>>> Using bin/list_lists I can get a list of the lists. I can then 
>>>>> easily cycle
>>>>> through each list and (for each one) do the following:
>>>>> - Run bin/config_list
>>>>> - Run bin/list_members (once for digested, once for regular members)
>>>>> - Copy the complete archive or at least the mbox file of the 
>>>>> archive.
>>>>> I can then tar the whole mess up and copy it to tape, etc. for a
>>>>> portable backup of my mailman installation.
>>>>> I have several questions. First, am I forgetting to copy anything?
>>>>> Will the above approach get me all the data I need to restore the
>>>>> system?
>>>> I don't think the above has captured various user flags other than 
>>>> digest
>>>> vs regular.
>>>> I believe a restore will not restore subscriber choices like 
>>>> not-me-to,
>>>> no-mail, hidden, and some others.
>>> True... so what is the best way to back things up? I'm loathe to just 
>>> back up
>>> the db files, as they can easily be modified while a tar is taking 
>>> place. Is that
>>> what everyone else is doing? Is there any facility for dumping user 
>>> config
>>> info? I must be missing something...
>>> reb
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