[Mailman-Users] mailman no longer working

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Sun Oct 8 02:03:37 CEST 2006

Noah wrote:
>well lookie here.
># ls -lR qfiles/shunt/ | wc -l
>   14393
>what does that mean -  what is the shunt queue directory for?

When Mailman encounters an unanticipated exception in handling a
message, it logs the error and puts the message aside in the shunt
queue. After the underlying cause is addressed, it may be appropriate
to run bin/unshunt to reprocess the messages, but not before the
underlying problem is addressed and fixed and maybe not at all.

>here is a snippet of the file namesin qufiles/shunt

Is this the beginning or the end? The nnn.nnn at the beginning of the
name is a time stamp - floating point seconds since the start of the
epoch. The above range from 'Fri Oct  6 21:43:29 2006' to 'Fri Oct  6
21:43:30 2006'.

There should be an entry in Mailman's error log for each one of those
with a full traceback and ending with a line

SHUNTING: filebase

Where filebase is the filename as above without the .pck extension.

What do the tracebacks and errors say?

Also, you can probably examine those files with bin/show_qfiles or
bin/dumpdb and see if the message might indicate some kind of loop.

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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