[Mailman-Users] Removing invalid list members

Dave Sherohman esper at sherohman.org
Tue Nov 28 19:37:16 CET 2006

Somehow, a user has gotten himself subscribed to one of my lists with
an address of the form foo at bar@hotmail.com.  How do I get rid of this

The various web interface options just give an error that this address
is not subscribed (even while showing it on the list of subscribers -
might want to let the left hand know what the right hand is doing) and
remove_members from the command line gives a traceback culminating in
"Mailman.Errors.NotAMemberError: foo at bar", so I'd guess that some address
sanity-checking is what's killing the attempt.

In case it matters, I'm running Mailman from Debian's 2.1.5-8sarge5
package and this user is probably a carryover from an earlier version,
as remove_member's traceback starts in OldStyleMemberships.py.  And
here's the traceback, too, just to be complete:

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# remove_members my-list foo at bar@hotmail.com
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/sbin/remove_members", line 186, in ?
  File "/usr/sbin/remove_members", line 176, in main
    admin_notif, userack)
  File "/var/lib/mailman/Mailman/MailList.py", line 990, in ApprovedDeleteMember
  File "/var/lib/mailman/Mailman/OldStyleMemberships.py", line 220, in removeMember
  File "/var/lib/mailman/Mailman/OldStyleMemberships.py", line 113, in __assertIsMember
    raise Errors.NotAMemberError, member
Mailman.Errors.NotAMemberError: foo at bar
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