[Mailman-Users] add_members and email confirmation

Ren Bucholz ren at trubble.com
Sat Dec 10 20:49:18 CET 2005

On Dec 10, 2005, at 2:43 PM, Mark Sapiro wrote:
> At this point, lists/listname/pending.pck is corrupt and has to be
> removed for normal stuff to proceed.

Quick question before trying this fix - can I just erase pending.pck, 
or do I need to replace it with a non-corrupted version from another 



> Ren Bucholz wrote:
>> I'm still having a problem with the confirmations, however.  To recap,
>> I'm trying to use a modified version of add_members (call it
>> new_add_members) in order to subscribe people via my own webform 
>> (where
>> PHP executes add_members).  I modified it because I'd like the list to
>> be confirmed opt-in, but add_members assumes that the user has
>> confirmed their subscription and doesn't bother with the confirmation
>> message. There's a longer description of what I did in this list's
>> archives, if you're interested:
>>   http://www.mail-archive.com/mailman-users@python.org/msg35077.html
>> The problem is that this script totally breaks Mailman's web
>> subscription features.  The first time I run new_add_members, I get a
>> seemingly normal looking confirmation.  Upon clicking the confirmation
>> link, I get the Mailman's generic "Sorry, We Hit A Bug!" message.  And
>> from that point forward, attempting to subscribe via the list's
>> standard Mailman info page (foo.com/mailman/listinfo/your_list)
>> generates the same error.  You can still subscribe by calling the
>> unmodified add_members.  The error logs say:
>> admin(32487): [----- Mailman Version: 2.1.5 -----]
>> admin(32487): [----- Traceback ------]
>> admin(32487): Traceback (most recent call last):
>> admin(32487):   File "/usr/lib/mailman/scripts/driver", line 101, in
>> run_main
>> admin(32487):     main()
>> admin(32487):   File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/Cgi/subscribe.py", line
>> 96, in main
>> admin(32487):     process_form(mlist, doc, cgidata, language)
>> admin(32487):   File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/Cgi/subscribe.py", line
>> 176, in process_form
>> admin(32487):     mlist.AddMember(userdesc, remote)
>> admin(32487):   File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/MailList.py", line 854,
>> in AddMember
>> admin(32487):     cookie = self.pend_new(Pending.SUBSCRIPTION, 
>> userdesc)
>> admin(32487):   File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/Pending.py", line 65, 
>> in
>> pend_new
>> admin(32487):     db = self.__load()
>> admin(32487):   File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/Pending.py", line 95, 
>> in
>> __load
>> admin(32487):     return cPickle.load(fp)
>> admin(32487): AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute
>> 'UserDesc'
> <snip>
>> If anyone has any idea how to fix this, I'd be most appreciative.  I
>> should also mention that error isn't limited to a single address -
>> subscribing me at fake.com via new_add_members will cause a web
>> subscription for you at fake.com to fail. Thanks for reading this far!
> At this point, lists/listname/pending.pck is corrupt and has to be
> removed for normal stuff to proceed.
> The underlying problem is new_members defines the UserDesc class to be
> empty, thus when you call
> mlist.AddMember(userdesc, remote="Webpage")
> userdesc is not a valid UserDesc instance for AddMember which is where
> things go wrong.
> I think you need to do the following in your script.
> Add
> from Mailman.UserDesc import UserDesc
> Remove
> class UserDesc: pass
> It looks like that's all you need, but I haven't looked too thoroughly.
> -- 
> 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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