[Mailman-Users] BIG discard problem

Eric Schmitz eschmitz at webbalah.net
Wed Aug 11 01:22:06 CEST 2004


    This is probably a really dirty way to go about it, but I've done 
this before and it worked, and without hosing the system. This worked 
with version 2.1.2. I haven't tried it with 2.1.5, because there's a 
"discard all marked defer" option, and I haven't let the queue stack up. 
But I've killed over 4000 held messages at a shot by doing this with 2.1.2.

    Go to the mailman/data directory, and delete all 
heldmsg-yourlistname-*.pck files. Then go to your admindb page. You'll 
probably still see the listing of all the thousands of held messages. 
Click "submit all data", and they should disappear.

    *Use at your own risk*! This feels like something of a hack to me, 
but you seem a little desperate. ;-)

-Eric Schmitz

Robert Echlin wrote:

> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Robert Echlin" <rechlin at ca.stilo.com>
> To: <mailman-users at python.org>
> Sent: Monday, August 09, 2004 3:31 PM
> Subject: [Mailman-Users] BIG discard problem
>>I have a problem discarding pending messages for the admin.
>>One of our mail lists has accumulated over 10,000 (ten thousand) spam
>>The web page to show pending messages, after several minutes, maybe an
> hour,
>>still seems to be churning away, so fix methods based on looking at the
> web
>>page won't work.
> ... snipped the verbose stuff the FAQs say to include when posting
>>What I think I want to do:
>>DELETE the (appropriate, offending) file!!!
>>Actually, shut down /etc/init.d/mailman, and apache.
>>I should shut down sendmail, too, I expect.
>>Delete the file (request.pck???).
>>touch the filename.
>>chmod to match what it was.
>>restart stopped daemons.
>>Will this work?
>>Any better ideas?
> No suggestions in over 24 hours.
> Should I be asking this on a different list, like maybe the dev list?
> Robert
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