[Mailman-Users] post to one of my lists ends up in .../qfiles.shunt??

Barry A. Warsaw barry at python.org
Fri Nov 22 18:16:18 CET 2002

>>>>> "RB" == Richard Barrett <R.Barrett at ftel.co.uk> writes:

    RB> The qrunner puts badly formatted messages that it cannot cope
    RB> with into shunt. It also error logs information about the
    RB> exception that caused it to make that decision.

To be really anal about it :) messages that enter the system
unparseable will be put in qfiles/bad if QRUNNER_SAVE_BAD_MESSAGES is
set to 1 in mm_cfg.py.  By default this variable is set to 0, which
discards unparseable messages.  On python.org, we get maybe two such
messages a month, and they've always been /really/ poorly formatted
spam (just "poorly formatted", and the parse should be able to

The only messages in qfiles/shunt should be ones that triggered bugs
in Mailman.  There should always be an entry in logs/error
corresponding to the shunted message.

    RB> There is also a script $prefix/bin/unshunt that takes things
    RB> from the shunt and tries to process them again.

    RB> But you presumably need to fix the problem in the message with
    RB> your trusty text editor or it'll just get shunted again.

Usually, you (or really, I :) need to fix the Mailman bug that caused
the shunt before unshunting will do anything useful.


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