[Mailman-Users] Script Alternative to Radio Buttons?

Jon Carnes jonc at nc.rr.com
Mon Aug 11 20:26:21 CEST 2003

On Mon, 2003-08-11 at 13:56, Jordan Hayes wrote:
> > We need a command line script alternative to the web
> > page radio buttons, and we are willing to pay for it!
> Here's what I did: in Mailman/Cgi/admindb.py, there's some code that
> looks like this:
>     buttons.AddRow(map(lambda x, s=' '*5: s+x+s,
>                        ('Defer', 'Approve', 'Reject', 'Discard')))
>     buttons.AddRow([Center(RadioButton(id, mm_cfg.DEFER, 1)),
>                     Center(RadioButton(id, mm_cfg.APPROVE, 0)),
>                     Center(RadioButton(id, mm_cfg.REJECT, 0)),
>                     Center(RadioButton(id, mm_cfg.DISCARD, 0)),
>                     ])
> Change the DEFER default to '0' from '1' and change DISCARD from '0' to
> '1' and then when you visit the web page, the default action selected is
> to DISCARD the pending message; after a quick scan to look for 'legit'
> messages, you can drop them all in one click.
> You're welcome; that'll be $1.5M.
> :-)
> /jordan

Well you have got to be using Mailman version 2.0... In which case,
Jordan solution is ideal for you!

If you don't want to re-install, then you can use the work-around that
is in the FAQ.

Basically, you store a copy of the empty request.db file, then you can
delete the messages manually at anytime and replace the old request.db
with the empty one.

  rm ~mailman/data/heldmsg-<list-name>-* 2> /dev/null
  cp ~mailman/lists/<list-name>/orig.request.db ~mailman/lists/<list-name>/request.db

If you want, you could box it in a script like so:
 #! /bin/bash
 # Mailman 2.0 work around to manually delete held messages
 # Note: go through the web interface and scan first (if you like)
 # then run this script for the list.
 # Note: orig.request.db is a copy of an empty request.db database
 # that has been copied to ~mailman/data/orig.request.db
 # Input: The name of an existing list
 If [ "xxx" == "xxx$1" ]; then
   echo Please input the name of a Mailman List
   exit 0
 if [ ! -d ~mailman/lists/$1 ]; then
   echo Invalid list name (use all lower case)
   exit 0
 rm ~mailman/data/heldmsg-$1-* 2> /dev/null
 cp ~mailman/data/orig.request.db ~mailman/lists/$1/request.db

That should do it for you!

Enjoy - Jon Carnes

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