[Mailman-Users] site administration question

Larry Johnson larryj at gsu.edu
Mon Aug 21 21:21:06 CEST 2006

I wrote:

> > First question -- do we really need the zipped up copy, while the
> > unzipped version is in the directory?  Are there any local settings we
> > can do to optimize space until we've moved to the new machine?

and in response:

On Wed, 2006-08-16 at 14:02 -0700, William Yardley wrote:

> My understanding is that this copy is just to make it easy for people to
> download a compressed archive of the mbox file.
> See:
> in Defaults.py
> So you sould see if GZIP_ARCHIVE_TXT_FILES is set in mm_cfg.py.
> After disabling that, I think you should just be able to remove the .gz
> files.

Thanks.  This worked, with the exception that rather than setting that
variable (which seemed to be set to 'No' by default) I just had to
comment out the cron job "nightly_gzip"  (same effect).

Now I have one other related question.  The archives directories have
the mbox file of the form:


This file seems to grow indefinitely, and is paralleled by the various
*.txt files broken down by month.  We'd like to remove messages older
than a certain date.  Reading the Site Administrator Documentation the
best I can infer is that the way to do this would be edit the *mbox file
and run arch to rebuild the html archives.  Is this true?  Will "arch"
remove the *.txt files corresponding to the deleted messages from the


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