[Mailman-Users] Mailman + MhonArc problems

Marilyn Davis marilyn at deliberate.com
Thu Apr 24 19:46:01 CEST 2003

Yes the documentation and faq seem to be very lacking in this area.

And it's hard to get each and every detail right.

You have to do a "mailmanctl restart" everytime you change this stuff
for the archiving qrunner to see the changes.

Look in the logs for complaints.

In the end, to get it going, I inserted this bit of code into

        deb = open("/tmp/debug","w")
        deb.write( xxxx )  
        os.system("mail marilyn < /tmp/debug")

where xxxx is whatever variable I wanted to look at.  That way I could
see what was happening -- it got delivered to my mailbox.  If it
didn't get to my mailbox, it meant that that part of the code wasn't
reached and I had to back up to see why not.  You do have:


It must be 2.

Now then, I have to coax MHonArc to do something better than the
default and I have sworn to forget perl since I met python.

Good luck to both of us.


On Thu, 24 Apr 2003, Doug Roberts wrote:

> > Well, my solution wasn't so well tested.  I'm now running with a
> > simpler solution:
> > 
> > PRIVATE_EXTERNAL_ARCHIVER = 'mhonarc -add -outdir /usr/local/mailman/archives/private/%(listname)s
> > PUBLIC_ARCHIVE_URL = 'http://%(hostname)s/archives/%(listname)s'
> That is effectively what I cut mine down to, also. My problem seems to be that the archiver simply isn't being called when a new message hits the list.
> The FAQ on setting up mailman with Mhonarc is a well intentioned joke:
> http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/faqw-mm.py?req=show&file=faq04.004.htp
> so I may have to do what David suggested and run a shell script every 5 minutes that does the archiving. It's silly, but I don't see another solution that will get me up and running any time soon.
> Thanks for your help,
> Doug
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