[Mailman-Users] mailman simply *stops* sending messages

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Fri May 20 23:44:32 CEST 2005

Rob Scott wrote:
>Thanks a bunch for your help Mark, though I'm afraid I'm not actually getting any further ahead with this..  I am admittedly a mailman/python newb but I find it hilarious and somewhat pathetic that python (or is it actually mailman?) chokes and dies a horrible death on one little accented e.  I'm just not getting a clear picture of which file(s) I would need to remove the offending character(s) from, or what the correct procedure to do so would be.. can I simply grep the digest(s) / qfiles for that accented e and them strip them out with a text editor?   Any further insights would be much appreciated!
> When running unshunt I now get the following error for each file in /qfiles/shunt  (22 of them)  
>May 20 14:07:31 2005 (4364) SHUNTING: 1116552066.5283909+9c37617d12e1db5cef5b1124ccb0162679814821
>May 20 14:07:31 2005 (4364) Uncaught runner exception: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xe9 in position 2: ordinal not in range(128)
<rest of trace snipped>

I'm not sure what the issue is that's preventing Mailman from just
continuing processing the lists, so I don't know how much help this
all will be, but ...

lists/<listname>/digest.mbox is a plain text file in Unix mbox format.
You can edit it directly with any text editor that won't wrap or fill
lines, and if you find Content-Type: headers with name= and/or
Content-Disposition: headers with filename= with e-acute or whatever
in the name, you can change it. I think that will fix the senddigests
problem. You can manually run "cron/senddigests -l listname" to
produce the digest.

As far as the shunted messages are concerned, I don't think you can
edit the qfiles/shunt/* files directly, but once a message has been
shunted (placed in the shunt queue), it is no longer processed by
Mailman. Only when bin/unshunt moves it from the shunt queue to its
original queue does Mailman attempt to process it further so this
doesn't explain why list activity has stopped. Is it possible that the
only activity is someone reposting the same bad message?

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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