[Mailman-Users] Admin login problems - Solved

Terry Robbins terry at webriver.net
Thu Jul 29 17:25:19 CEST 2004

This one had me going for a while. In the end it turned out to be a  
corrupted or mangled file.

I finally compared the directory view in the finder to the list of  
files in the terminal. While doing an ls -al in the terminal  
config.pck.last was visible. When looking at the directory in the  
finder no such file existed. Removing the file via the cl did the  
trick. I once again have access to the list configuration via the admin  

I don't know what happened to that file but obviously Mailman was  
unable to overwrite it.

Hope this helps someone down the line.


On Jul 28, 2004, at 5:31 PM, Terry Robbins wrote:

> Brad, thanks for the reply. I do understand that the Mailman  
> installation on Mac OSX Server differs from other installations and is  
> largely unsupported by the Mailman folks. However I have found at  
> least two others who have encountered this exact same issue on the  
> Mac. Currently there appears to be no solution aside from deleting and  
> recreating the affected list. I would like to try and nail this issue  
> down.
> The error appears to occur on line 487 in MaliList.py
> File "/usr/share/mailman/Mailman/MailList.py", line 487, in __save
>     os.unlink(fname_last)
> OSError: [Errno 22] Invalid argument:  
> '/private/var/mailman/lists/mes-office/config.pck.last'
> When I take a look at MailList.py line 487 occurs in a routine that  
> seems to backup and rotate the config.pck file. The variable that is  
> defined in that routine, fname_last, should be config.pck.last. What  
> could cause an invalid argument error when it appears that the correct  
> value for that variable is being returned? I have checked the  
> permissions in the directory, /private/var/mailman/lists/mes-office,  
> and everything seems to be as it should.
> Would a corrupt config.pck or config.pck.last file cause this problem?
> Am I grossly misunderstanding what is happening here? Any insight or  
> correction would be welcome. I am new to both Python and Mailman. That  
> being said, I love Mailman.
> Terry
> On Jul 27, 2004, at 4:55 PM, Brad Knowles wrote:
>> At 12:36 PM -0400 2004-07-27, Terry Robbins wrote:
>>>  Mailman has been working fine on our Mac OSX Server 10.3.4 for  
>>> months.
>>>  This morning when attempting to log in to the Admin interface  
>>> Mailman
>>>  is suddenly returning an error. Can anyone point me in the right
>>>  direction to resolve this issue? Log in attempt returns the  
>>> following:
>> 	Regretfully, there's likely to be little we can do to help you with  
>> Mailman on MacOS X Server.  Please see  
>> <http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/faqw-mm.py? 
>> req=show&file=faq01.021.htp>.
>> 	If you can find any solutions to this problem, please update this  
>> entry in the FAQ to suit, or at least tell us what you found, where,  
>> how you found it, etc....
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