[Mailman-Users] Mailman Update...

Brad Knowles brad at shub-internet.org
Tue Jan 16 23:44:26 CET 2007

At 5:24 PM -0500 1/16/07, maillists wrote:

>  I basically have some questions and need moral support before I do
>  this...

The upgrade process may be different for you, as it appears that you 
are using a packaged version from your OS provider.  You would need 
to talk to the person or the group that created that package in order 
to get details of how their version of the upgrade process would work.

>  I have lots of files in:
>  /var/mailman/qfiles/shunt/ ans also /var/mailman/qfiles/bad/
>  What should I do with these?

For the most part, you shouldn't need to do anything with them.  You 
probably want to take a look at them and see what they are before you 
throw them away, however.

>  Were these old email messages that were never delivered?


>  I downloaded the tarball of 2.1.9. the UPGRADE file said that the
>  "upgrade" script would automatically run. Does this mean tht I should
>  just do the ./configure thing as if this is a new install?  Does this
>  take care of everything?

You can't use the standard upgrade process to go from the packaged 
version of Mailman from someone else to our standard version.  If you 
want to stick with the packaged version, you should get the latest 
version of the package from the appropriate OS vendor facilities, and 
use their support mechanism for any questions you may have about 
their version of Mailman.

If you want to use our standard tarball, that will mean a completely 
separate and distinct installation.  Our upgrade process doesn't know 
anything about the configuration files and locations of data from the 
packaged version, so you would need to manually copy over everything 
you wanted to keep.

>  Finally is there anything that I should watch out for, or does anybody
>  see if I might be heading for disaster?

If you've never installed our software from our standard version of 
the tarball, then this process is likely to be more work than you're 
used to.

You're going to need to decide whether or not you're going to stick 
with the packaged version of Mailman as available from your OS 
provider (and if so, then you need to use their support facilities 
for any questions you might have), or if you're going to use our 
standard version as available from our download page.

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