[Mailman-Users] config.db missing

Odhiambo Washington wash at wananchi.com
Mon Feb 3 08:38:59 CET 2003

* Joseph Okech <jokech at ke.uu.net> [20030203 10:28]: wrote:
> Hi All,
> Have a situation where in the lists' folder the file 'config.db' and config.db.last' are missing. I get this when I run the check_db command, and I get a bounce whenever I send mail to the list.
> su-2.05a$ check_db -av
> List: mailman
>    /usr/local/mailman/lists/mailman/config.pck: okay
>    /usr/local/mailman/lists/mailman/config.pck.last: okay
>     [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/usr/local/mailman/lists/mailman/config.db'
>     [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/usr/local/mailman/lists/mailman/config.db.last'
> List: testlist
>    /usr/local/mailman/lists/testlist/config.pck: okay
>    /usr/local/mailman/lists/testlist/config.pck.last: okay
>     [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/usr/local/mailman/lists/testlist/config.db'
>     [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/usr/local/mailman/lists/testlist/config.db.last'
> Currently running Mailman 2.1 on FreeBSD 4.5-RELEASE-p9

Hello Joe,

This output is actually harmless. It's not the cause of your problem. If you
read the code for check_db, you will see the following remarks:


"""Check a list's config database file for integrity.

All of the following files are checked:


It's okay if any of these are missing.  config.pck and config.pck.last are
pickled versions of the config database file for 2.1a3 and beyond.  config.db
and config.db.last are used in all earlier versions, and these are Python
marshals.  config.safety is a pickle written by 2.1a3 and beyond when the
primary config.pck file could not be read.

So as you can see, the check for config.db and config.db.last is really cosmetic!

If you send the bounce message you get when you send e-mail to the list, maybe
it will give more clues.

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