[Mailman-Users] phantom moderation requests

Ian A B Eiloart iane at sussex.ac.uk
Thu Jul 22 11:09:12 CEST 2004

--On Wednesday, July 21, 2004 8:04 pm +0200 Brad Knowles 
<brad.knowles at skynet.be> wrote:

> At 11:25 AM -0600 2004-07-21, Nathan wrote:
>>  Moderation request emails are occasionally being sent to the
>>  administrator/moderator at 8:00am for nonexistent moderation requests.
>>  In other words, nothing shows up under "Tend to pending moderator
>>  requests" on the web interface after receiving one of these emails.
>>  This has happened on several lists that I have recently set up and
>>  haven't used yet (no members).
> 	This is the "-1 requests" problem?
> 	I've seen the discussions on the list in the past, including some
> mention of solutions.  I do not remember precisely what they were or
> when, but they should be able to be found using the mechanisms discussed
> at <http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/faqw-mm.py?req=show&file=faq01.018.htp>.
> 	I don't know when I might get some time to try to find the various
> relevant postings, but if you find them before I do, I would ask you to
> update the FAQ with an appropriate entry.

I asked about this a few weeks ago, and got this helpful response from Jim 
Tittsler. I've updated the FAQ:

> There is a problem with 2.1.5 in that it expects every list to
> have an administrative request database containing at least a one
> entry (a dummy entry containing the version number recording the
> database format).
> Ways to resolve the -1 request warnings include:
>  - do something that generates an administrative request, after
>    handling it the request database will be left in the correct form
>  - copy an "empty" request.pck from another list
>  - fix the bug by applying the patch in
> Jim Tittsler

Ian Eiloart
Servers Team
Sussex University ITS

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