[Mailman-Users] Mail not sending mail problem

Mike Alberghini sysmda at zim.gsu.edu
Mon Oct 6 20:51:12 CEST 2003

As it turned out, one of the other sysadmins created a list to collect
the bounced mail from our mail servers.  Every bounce going to gsu.edu
was being sent to one mailman list.  In about 12 hours that was over 11000

The problem was that the mailman ArchRunner was struggling to keep up.
It was hogging the CPU on the box and keeping anything else from happening.
Mailman was under Denail of Service attack from our own webserver. :)

I just thought I'd let the list know this happened, because someone could
use this to screw up a mailman server rather easily.

On Mon, Oct 06, 2003 at 11:17:56AM -0400, Mike Alberghini wrote:
> Last week I upgraded mailman from 2.1.1 to 2.1.3.  Over the weekend mailman
> apparently stopped sending mail.  Sunday night it just stopped posting.
> I have spent the morning fiddling around with it and here is what I know:
> 1.  almost 22,000 have built up in mailman/qfiles/in
> 2.  moving all of these out allowed mail to start flowing again
> 3.  my error log has countless 'lost data files for filebase' entries
> 4.  if I move some of the old qfiles back into mailman/qfiles/in, they
>     don't get sent.
> Can anyone give me an idea of how to trace down the cause of this problem?
> Is there any way to get the 22,000 old qfiles sent?
> -- 
> Michael Alberghini
> Software Systems Engineer
> Georgia State University
> mike at gsu.edu
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Michael Alberghini
Software Systems Engineer
Georgia State University
mike at gsu.edu

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