[Mailman-Users] cgi-script "low level failure"

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Sat Jan 22 21:41:15 CET 2005

Don Burns wrote:
>The problem:
>  http://www.openscenegraph.net/listinfo
>Bug in Mailman version 2.1.4
>We're sorry, we hit a bug!
>If you would like to help us identify the problem, please email a copy of
>this page to the webmaster for this site with a description of what
>happened.  Thanks!
>Content-type: text/html
>We're sorry, we hit a bug!
>Mailman experienced a very low level failure and could not even generate a
>useful traceback for you.  Please report this to the Mailman administrator
>at this site.
>I have 
>  o checked my installation and configuration of mailman and all seems 
>  o run check_perms and fixed some minor problems, also fine.
>  o locks are legitimate (qrunner is the only one and it is running)  
>  o plenty of disk space and no disk problems
>  o postfix and apache are working fine.  
>I wrote a small test script and tried it in the mailman/cgi-bin and it
>worked fine.  I've also restarted postfix, apache, mailman.  The problem 
>The problem started occuring suddenly this morning after having run for 
>several months with no issues.  The last entry in the error log is from 
>Jan 18 (4 days ago).
>For reference, the server is running Suse 9.1, kernel 2.6.5-7.111.5-smp.  
>Mailman is version 2.1.4 (as reported in the error message).
>I'm stuck!  Please help.

Does "bin/check_db --all" report any errors?

Does "bin/list_lists" work? If not, try adding "        print n" at the
top of the "    for n in names:" loop to see which list has the

If "bin/list_lists" works, you could try adding "syslog('error',
<replace this with something to print...>)" in Mailman/Cgi/listinfo.py
to try to pinpoint where it goes wrong.

Also, is there anything in lists/ that doesn't belong? I.e. a directory
that isn't a list or a top level file?

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