[Mailman-Users] reviving broken mailman ???

Patrick Bogen pdbogen at gmail.com
Tue Oct 31 21:04:41 CET 2006

On 10/31/06, Dr. Scott S. Jones <scott at fyrenice.com> wrote:
> Broken, in that it won't send out through my MTA, which in my case is Exim4,
> or in another who's had trouble with mailman on debian, through Postfix. It
> seems that when he moved his data files, and purged mailman and then
> reinstalled it. He claims it works now....
Well, my point was, if your mailman is broken because something is
wrong with your list config files, keeping the list config files and
reinstalling everything else won't help anything. :)

> My question then is which files does one move out of the way of the wrecking
> ball, a la apt-get --purge mailman etc.... so that one doesn't have to
> recreate the list after reinstallation?

If you aren't concerned about list archives, I believe you only need
the files in (on Debian) /var/lib/mailman/lists/*
Each list should have its own directory, with a config.pck, possibly
config.pck.last, and (possibly?) a request.pck.

Archives are in /var/lib/mailman/archives; they can be regenerated
from some subset of the files in this hierarchy (I believe its those
under listname.mbox/), but I'm not sure if that's all that's required.

If you can read bash script, FAQ 4.18
might help you figure all this out.

Please CC the list on all replies, so that more well-versed folk can
chime in when I might not know the answer.

- Patrick Bogen

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