[Mailman-Users] Re: Overloaded with virus traffic

Daniel James daniel at linuxuser.co.uk
Thu Aug 21 15:02:58 CEST 2003

Hello again,

Someone with shell access has kindly deleted everything prefixed with:


in ~mailman/data

and that has done the trick. 

As a suggestion for a future version of Mailman, if there had been 
options to show only the headers of the held mails and a button in 
the web interface for 'set all to discard' it would have solved this 
problem very neatly. Alternatively, there could be a preference to 
set the default button behaviour to 'discard' instead of 'defer'.

Thanks again - Mailman is great. But I expect you all knew that...

Daniel James
News + Web Editor
LinuxUser & Developer

> We have a Mailman 2.0.11 list hosted for us at linux.org.uk with
> thousands of members. It's been running brilliantly for over three
> years, but today we a have a little problem...
> We've had trouble with spam before, but today there are almost 2000
> messages for approval in the hold queue, most of which have a virus
> attachment. This means the admindb page in the web interface is
> 10.9MB in size.
> When you try to click 'submit' at the bottom of this rather large
> page, our ISP chokes on the size of the form. We don't have shell
> access to this machine - is there any alternative to deleting each
> attachment in the content boxes by hand?
> I'm not subscribed to this list at present, so please cc any reply
> to me directly.
> Thanks!
> Daniel James
> News + Web Editor
> LinuxUser & Developer
> http://www.linuxuser.co.uk

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