[Mailman-Users] Problems with mailman migration

Kai Schaetzl maillists at conactive.com
Tue May 4 14:32:04 CEST 2004

Martin Oehler wrote on Mon, 3 May 2004 23:03:41 +0200:

> Could someone point me in the right direction where to find
> documentation for moving/upgrading my lists?

There isn't much to do when you want to move/upgrade lists. I upgraded 
from the standard mailman which came with my Suse distribution (residing 
in /var/lib/mailman or /usr/lib/mailman) and also was something like 2.0.x 
by just installing 2.0.14 to /usr/local/mailman and then moving over the 
content of the lists directory if I recall it right. I fiddled a bit 
around in the mm_cfg.py and I think I replaced all aliases. There's also a 
start script for starting the seven (or so) runner programs and you have 
to change that, too, if you change the installation path. In Suse systems 
this is a rcmailman symlink pointing at /etc/init.d/mailman. So I simply 
replaced that with a symlink to the new mailmanctl file in the new 
location. You can also copy that file over the old one at /etc/init.d, so 
that it starts correctly after a reboot.
I then moved the list to another machine almost the same way, I only had 
to do some extra steps using the withlist command for correcting the url 
and mail hosts. (I also clone my lists this way.) The mailman lists are 
almost completely building upon their own information, so even if you 
don't change anything you get some results, f.i. the web interface will 
work but all the links in it will point to the old location. It's then 
very easy to resolve this step by step. If I understand you correctly, you 
didn't change the host, so it should even be easier.



Kai Schätzl, Berlin, Germany
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