[Mailman-Users] mbox archive file management patch

Richard Barrett r.barrett at openinfo.co.uk
Mon May 8 11:05:14 CEST 2006

A while back I implemented a patch for MM which addressed the problem  
of managing large list mbox archive files and have been using it  
without problems for around 2 years. I have kept the patch up-to-date  
but barring passing a copy to one other user have not distributed the  
patch until now.

Being stuck at home with nothing interesting to do last weekend I  
finally got around to packaging the patch for distribution and use  
with MM 2.1.8. The patch description reads as follows:

The daily mbox patch changes the way Mailman does its archive-to-mbox  
archiving, if that is enabled.

The standard Mailman system single .mbox file per list used for mbox  
archiving can, over time, become very unwieldy, presenting problems  
for disk space management.

The mailman daily mbox patch modifies Mailman's behaviour so that a  
sparse series of daily mbox files is used for archiving rather than a  
single mbox file. Each archived message is normally appended to a  
daily mbox file for the UTC date when the message is first archived.

If the patch is of interest to anybody it can be downloaded from  
sourceforge or my own web site:


The patch file adds a file to the MM build directory called  
README.dailymbox which should be read before installing the patched  
code. The same information is on the dailymbox/index.html page of my  
web site

Let me know if you have any problems with the patch.



Richard Barrett                               http://www.openinfo.co.uk

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