[Mailman-Users] socket.gethostname()

Richard Barrett r.barrett at openinfo.co.uk
Thu Nov 6 18:59:28 CET 2003

On Thursday, November 6, 2003, at 06:17  pm, John Poltorak wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 06, 2003 at 04:57:12PM +0000, Richard Barrett wrote:
>> On Thursday, November 6, 2003, at 05:43  pm, John Poltorak wrote:
>>> I'm getting an error in LockFile.py at this point (line 180) :-
>>>         self.__tmpfname = '%s.%s.%d' % (
>>>             lockfile, socket.gethostname(), os.getpid())
>>> It looks as though the function socket.gethostname() is causing this
>>> error.
>>> How can I display the value returned by this funtion and where should
>>> it
>>> be retrieved from? ie should it be using $HOSTNAME ?
>> socket is a standard Python module. Its gethostname() function should
>> return the same as the hostname shell command. From the command line
>> you should be able to run python and get something like this:
> Many thanks for this.
>> mailman at mailman2:~> hostname
>> mailman2
>> mailman at mailman2:~> python
>> Python 2.2.2 (#3, Feb 11 2003, 16:57:53)
>> [GCC 2.95.3 20010315 (SuSE)] on linux2
>> Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>>>> import socket
>>>>> socket.gethostname()
>> 'mailman2'
> Where does value originate and should it match anything within 
> Mailman's
> configuration?

It originates within the system kernel. Read the man page for hostname. 
Like hostname, socket.gethostname() is calling a system C library 
function to get the information, which is quite independent of Mailman.

> Is there any way to dump the value of  self.__tmpfname to the logfile 
> from
> the lines above ?

No because you would not running Mailman, just the Python interpreter 
from the command line.

> This is what currently appears in the error log:-
> admin(648):   File "../Mailman/MailList.py", line 817, in __save
> admin(648):     fname_tmp = fname + '.tmp.%s.%d' % 
> (socket.gethostname(), os.getpid())
> admin(648): error: (14, 'Bad address')

This is a system error code, EFAULT, which means "Bad address", 
whatever that means. It is certainly abnormal and I suspect not a 
problem in MM per se. It could indicate an incipient memory problem or 
corrupt libraries or kernel or ...

After discussion with a colleague we decided we couldn't identify any 
simple, obvious cause or course of action to take but it sounded like 
something was broken in the system.

Is this a persistent or occasional problem?

My first instincts are to reboot the system, maybe run a few 
diagnostics on memory and disk, and a full fsck and see if that clears 
it. With my knowledge of things this is SWAG territory.

> I'm assuming that socket.gethostname() is the culprit.

If you called socket.gethostname() from the Python command line as I 
suggested  in my previous message and got a sensible result, you are 
probably wrong in this assumption.

> -- 
> John
Richard Barrett                               http://www.openinfo.co.uk

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