[Mailman-Users] Question about restoring a mailman list or two

Maish Saidel-Keesing maish at eskayhosting.com
Thu Oct 14 08:41:56 CEST 2004

Thank you mark for your reply.

I gather that I need shell access for all of this.

I am not sure if I will be able to get it.

Is there no other way to do this????

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Sapiro [mailto:msapiro at value.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 9:11 PM
To: Maish Saidel-Keesing; mailman-users at python.org
Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] Question about restoring a mailman list or two

Maish Saidel-Keesing wrote:

>Someone approached me and asked if I can help them restore two lists 
>that they have.
>The mailman package was installed through CPanel (I know I am going to 
>get a lot of answers to go to cpanel for support but I will ask it 
>In the tar package that was backed up on cpanel I have some of the 
>files that I think will be able to help me
>I just don't know how to put them back into the lists.
>What I have is the following:
>A directory called "mm" and within that directory are two more 
>directories for each of the lists For examples sakes we will call them 
>A & B In each of those directories I have 4 files
>In the config.pck file I see (with a lot of garbage - when I opened it 
>up in
>notepad) the email addresses and names of the subscribers to the list 
>(at least I think so).
>To restore it I was thinking of extracting the emails and then 
>recreating the list and mass subscribing them again.
>Is there a simpler way to do it??


Assume $prefix is the path to the current Mailman installation.

Just restore the "A" and "B" directories with their files to the directory

If the backups were created under the same mailman version, that should be
it, but see  $prefix/bin/check_perms --help and  $prefix/bin/update --help
in case you might need them.

>Second thing is the archives...
>I have a folder called "mma" from the cpanel backup that has the 
>archives saved nicely in html format. How am I supposed to retrieve 
>that back into the list current archives?

The archives for a list go into the $prefix/archives/private/list-name/
directory. If the archives are public there is also a symlink from
$prefix/archives/public/list-name to $prefix/archives/private/list-name

There is a global .mbox file in

If you have that, you can rebuild the archive without the other stuff.
 $prefix/bin/arch --help

Mark Sapiro <msapiro at value.net>       The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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