[Mailman-Users] BIG discard problem

Robert Echlin rechlin at ca.stilo.com
Thu Aug 12 15:36:15 CEST 2004

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen at xemacs.org>
To: "Robert Echlin" <rechlin at ca.stilo.com>
Cc: <mailman-users at python.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 12, 2004 3:37 AM
Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] BIG discard problem

Thanks, Stephen

That looks like an interesting solution. I'll make a note of it for next

The docs describe how to start "withlist", but I think I would have to learn
the internals of the Python code pretty thoroughly to be able to reproduce
this from scratch.

Is "m" a standard variable automagically defined by withlist to be the mail
list mentioned on the python command line?
Is mm_cfg.DISCARD a function that HandleRequest is expecting to call to do
the real work, or a constant that tells HandleRequest which of several
predefined tasks it should do?
What's going on in the ...? And what will it prompt me with that I need to
hit <return>?

I also think this answers one of my previous questions - it would have been
useful to ask the developers list. As you suggest, writing a one line loop
of Python code would be the standard solution there.

Is there any other place where this "standard" solution would be found?


> Didn't you find the standard solution?  To wit:
>     As user mailman (I think actually you just need write permissions
>     in the relevant places, so group mailman Works For Me YMMV) execute:
>     python -i bin/withlist listname
>     Then type:
>     >>> m.Lock()
>     >>> from Mailman import mm_cfg
>     >>> h = m.GetHeldMessageIds()
>     >>> for i in h: m.HandleRequest(i,mm_cfg.DISCARD)
>     ... <return>
>     >>> m.Save()
>     >>> <ctrl-d>
> The triple punctuation are Python prompts; you don't type those, you
> wait for them to appear and then type.  All the punctuation (including
> empty parens) must be typed as shown, capitalization must be exactly
> as shown.  The stuff in <angle brackets> are names of single keys
> (Enter and Control + d), not to be typed literally.
> On a Red Hat Linux system you probably will need to use python2,
> python2.2 or python2.3 instead of just python, because python
> corresponds to the Golden Oldie 1.5.2 version.

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