[Mailman-Users] Hit a bug - only on this list - Memory does not appear to be the issue

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Wed Mar 22 03:23:18 CET 2006

Rick G wrote:

>Guess what?  Just found the request.db file - 323612 bytes.

This represents a huge number of held requests for the admindb page
which explains the MemoryError.

You initially said you got rid of the held messages. Do you mean you
deleted the data/heldmsg-clinic-nnnn.pck files? If so, you might as
well try moving the request.db file aside and going to the admindb
page which should just create a new, empty request.db

>And the etc/alias reads as follows for Clinic
>clinic-admin:            "|/usr/local/mailman/mail/wrapper mailowner clinic"
>clinic-request:          "|/usr/local/mailman/mail/wrapper mailcmd clinic"
>clinic-owner:            "clinic-admin"
>clinic:                  "|/usr/local/mailman/mail/wrapper post clinic"
>Yet on other lists there are the 10 aliases referred to in the link you

If looks like the clinic list may have been created under Mailman 2.0.x
and then Mailman upgraded and the old aliases never updated and the
old wrappers and scripts never deleted. This would explain why posting
to clinic would work but mail to the other clinic-* addresses would
bounce or cause an error or both.

I suggest replacing thes old clinic aliases with new ones like the
other lists have and running sendmail's newaliases to update the
aliases.db file.

Then, you should be able to delete /usr/local/mailman/mail/wrapper
because it is totally replaced by /usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman and
you should be able to delete any of the obsolete files
'answer_majordomo_mail', 'auto', 'mailcmd' and 'mailowner' that remain
in /usr/local/mailman/scripts/.

Don't delete /usr/local/mailman/scripts/post. That's a new one too.

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San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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