[Mailman-Users] Gating mail to news - NewsRunner uncaught runner exception

Jamie L. Penman-Smithson devnull at silverdream.org
Thu Apr 8 10:33:17 CEST 2004

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Hey all,

I'm running Mailman 2.1.4 on Debian Sid (unstable), I've been trying to
gate news to mail and vice versa. While posts to newsgroups get gated to
the proper mailing lists, mail to mailing lists does *not* get posted to

I noticed the problem when I realised that something was eating my disk
space, it turns out that NewsRunner has been dying every two seconds -
thus filling my logs with this, repeated over, and over:

Apr 08 09:00:20 2004 (26146) Uncaught runner exception:
Apr 08 09:00:20 2004 (26146) Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/Queue/NewsRunner.py", line 74, in _dispose
  File "/usr/lib/python2.3/nntplib.py", line 116, in __init__
    self.welcome = self.getresp()
  File "/usr/lib/python2.3/nntplib.py", line 215, in getresp
    resp = self.getline()
  File "/usr/lib/python2.3/nntplib.py", line 207, in getline
    if not line: raise EOFError

I recently setup Mailman to authenticate with the news server, before
that, everything was working fine - including mail->news. Now that I've
told Mailman to authenticate, NewsRunner keeps dying repeatedly, but
gate_news works perfectly.

While I'm not proficient in Python, I assumed this meant a problem with
the NNTP_PASSWORD setting in mm_cfg.py:

DEFAULT_NNTP_HOST = 'news.silverdream.org'
NNTP_USERNAME = 'someusername'
NNTP_PASSWORD = 'anypass'

I don't see any obvious reason why NewsRunner would choke on
NNTP_PASSWORD... Since gate_news can connect to the news server fine, and
I tried telnetting and posting manually, and it worked AOK.

Any ideas?

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