[Mailman-Users] Error on email confirmations on 2.1.5

Glenn Sieb ges+lists at wingfoot.org
Thu Jun 30 07:39:08 CEST 2005

Mark Sapiro said the following on 6/30/2005 1:29 AM:

>Something's strange here. The 2.1.5 distribution scripts/confirm only
>has 62 lines and there are only 2 sys.exit() calls and they are both
>In fact, "grep -ir mailexits *" doesn't find anything anywhere in the
>Mailman 2.1.5 distribution.
>If this Mailman is somebody's package, I think you need to contact the
Nope. I install from source, with the htdig/archiver patches. My confirm 
script is 89 lines long (with comments).

>That said, I think the actual syntax error is the final period in
Thanks--removing that period just after "NOUSER" fixes the problem. :)

Below is the confirm script, for perusal.


$ cat /usr/local/mailman/scripts/confirm
# -*- python -*-
# Copyright (C) 2002 by the Free Software Foundation, Inc.
# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
# modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
# as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
# of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# GNU General Public License for more details.
# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
# along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
# Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.

"""Simple confirm via VERP-ish sender.

Called by the wrapper, stdin is the mail message, and argv[1] is the name
of the target mailing list.

Errors are redirected to logs/errors.

# Set the default exit status to be used  with the following
# variable. This is the value which will be used in the event of
# our not even being able to import modules and do things in a
# controlled way.
# The installed default is 75 = MailExits.mailexits.EX_TEMPFAIL
# This should tell Sendmail to keep keep the mail locally and
# try again. This should give us time to try and fix the gross
# installation problem without losing or rejecting all the mail
# which is arriving.
# If we cannot import sys then we aren't going to control what
# sendmail does with the mail
import sys
    import paths
    from Mailman import MailExits
    from Mailman import mm_cfg
    from Mailman.Logging.Utils import LogStdErr
    LogStdErr('error', 'confirm', tee_to_real_stderr=0)
    import traceback

        from Mailman import Utils
        from Mailman.i18n import _
        from Mailman.Queue.sbcache import get_switchboard

        def main():
                listname = sys.argv[1]
            except IndexError:
                print >> sys.stderr, _('got no listname.')
            # Make sure the list exists
            if not Utils.list_exists(listname):
                print >> sys.stderr, _('list not found: %(listname)s')
            # Immediately queue the message for the bounce/cmd qrunner 
to process.
            # The advantage to this approach is that messages should 
never get lost --
            # some MTAs have a hard limit to the time a filter prog can 
run.  Postfix
            # is a good example; if the limit is hit, the proc is 
SIGKILL'd giving us
            # no chance to save the message.
            cmdq = get_switchboard(mm_cfg.CMDQUEUE_DIR)
            cmdq.enqueue(sys.stdin.read(), listname=listname, toconfirm=1,

        if __name__ == '__main__':

    except SystemExit:
    except StandardError:
        sys.stderr.write("unexpected error handling: %s" % str(sys.argv))
        traceback.print_exc(None, sys.stderr)
except SystemExit:
    # we do not want to catch SystemExits
except StandardError:
    # But for all others take the default exit status

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