[Mailman-Users] problem restarting with stale pid file

Will Yardley william+mm at hq.newdream.net
Thu Mar 6 21:47:32 CET 2003

Mailman 2.1.1 installed from source on FreeBSD 4.6 (with the same
options as the port uses)

roland# /usr/local/mailman/bin/version
Using Mailman version: 2.1.1
roland# diff /usr/local/etc/rc.d/mailman.sh /usr/local/mailman/bin/mailmanctl 

[ from /usr/local/mailman/logs/ ]

roland# ../bin/mailmanctl -s
Primary start-up and shutdown script for Mailman's qrunner daemon.
[ snip rest of help output ]

However doing this:

roland# ../bin/mailmanctl stop                
Shutting down Mailman's master qrunner
No child with pid: 69775
[Errno 3] No such process
Stale pid file removed.
roland# ../bin/mailmanctl start
Starting Mailman's master qrunner.


This has happened twice as the result of a system crash (loss of power).
Any ideas on making mailman start after a crash even if there's a stale

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