[Mailman-Users] Mass Subscribe With Invite: Command Line Option? (was Re: mass subscribe (was Mailman-Users Digest, Vol 8, Issue 76))

Jon Carnes jonc at nc.rr.com
Tue May 27 15:43:53 CEST 2003

Check the resources on your box. You shouldn't need to go to extreme
measures when doing mass subscribes.

 - Do you have enough RAM on your server - is your server using virtual
RAM frequently? (you can use the command top for this)
 - How fast is the processor, and what kind of other applications are
you running?  Is anything eating-up your processor time?
 - What is your up/down bandwidth to the internet?
 - What kind of DNS response times are you getting? (you can use dig for
this)  If your DNS responses are slow, then it could take quite awhile
to get conformation of an email address.

Good Luck

BTW: I don't think "add_members" has the invite function yet.

On Tue, 2003-05-27 at 08:10, Joe Newton wrote:
> Thank you Richard for pointing me towards the command line programs.
> This is yet another reason we love Mailman.
> My post last night was a bit hurried, so let me elaborate.
> We are Using Mailman version: 2.1.2 on SunOS 5.9 Generic_112233-04 sun4u
> sparc SUNW,Ultra-5_10.
> I have looked at the add_members program and do not see an option to
> allow the invite method.  Perhaps I should just test using a "-i" or
> "--invite=<y|n>" option and see if it has been included as a function
> but omitted from the --help doc.  :-)
> Or perhaps there is another command line program that can help me?
> As for using the web form to invite subscribers, I have increased the
> timeout on the Apache server and that has improved functionality
> somewhat, but not linearly as I had hoped.  So I have extended the
> timeout value to something like 15 minutes and increased the batch
> capable from 100 to as many as 400, alhough results are not consistent
> and probably depend on other activities on this machine.
> I have attempted to read the FAQs, documentation, and searched the
> archives for this list and I hope I haven't asked a stupid question, but
> am open and hopeful for any help or direction y'all can give me.
> Thanks,
> Joe Newton
> Systems Support Specialist
> Valdosta State University
> jnewton at valdosta.edu
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard Barrett [mailto:r.barrett at openinfo.co.uk] 
> Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2003 7:37 AM
> To: jnewton at valdosta.edu
> Cc: mailman-users at python.org
> Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] Re: mass subscribe (was Mailman-Users
> Digest, Vol 8, Issue 76)
> At 03:39 27/05/2003, jnewton at valdosta.edu wrote:
> >We have just installed Mailman for use at our university and we love 
> >the features of this program.  Kudos to all involved in making this 
> >available.
> >
> >We do have a large list of 18,000 addresses, many of which are stale or
> >unused.
> >
> >We have attempted to use the web form to mass subscribe (invite) the 
> >users
> >but
> >the form times out unless we use lists of 300 or less.
> >
> >Is there a way to fix this, say using a command line method.  I note 
> >that the command line version appears to lack the invitation method.  
> >Is there a way to effect this?
> If you look in $prefix/bin/ you will find useful command line programs
> like 
> add_members, sync_members etc. Run these commands with --help option to
> get 
> their usage printed to stdout.
> >Thanks,
> >Joe Newton
> >Valdosta State University
> >jnewton at valdosta.edu
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