[Mailman-Users] "Lost" a list and now I'm stuck...

Simon White simon at caperet.com
Tue Oct 28 13:07:08 CET 2003

28-Oct-03 at 03:56, Jon Carnes (jonc at nc.rr.com) wrote :
> On Mon, 2003-10-27 at 16:12, Simon White wrote:
> > I had a system crash recently while a mailing was going out to a list
> > that has about 11,000 members.
> > 
> > In the mailman/lists directory the list still has its directory, but
> > instead of the usual:
> > 
> > config.pck  config.pck.last  request.db
> > 
> > it has just these files:
> > 
> > -rw-rw----    1 mailman  mailman   1670681 Sep 10 16:02 config.pck.safety
> > -rw-rw-r--    1 webusers mailman        29 Oct 22 01:44 request.db
> > 
> > Can I still restore that list? I'm not sure I have all the subscriber
> > details still... which would be a real shame to lose, it's a community
> > site for new mothers (and fathers) for advice and stuff for babies,
> > parents and young kids to do, etc... 
> > 
> Have you run "check_db <listname> "?

check_db tells me the list doesn't exist any more. As does list_lists
(well it's not in the list outputted by list_lists).

> ======
> Unless you have regular system backups of your list files, you should
> also copy this file off to a safe location, before messing with it.
> How much RAM does the server have? Are you using a lot of virtual memory
> when sending out messages to this large list?  You should look at your
> systems resources and make sure they are sufficient to handle a list of
> this size.

I'm not quite sure of the server's full spec; but it's not a big iron
machine as such, although I have run the same list on a lesser config
before (with an earlier version of Mailman)


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