[Mailman-Users] Moved list, archiving

G. Armour Van Horn vanhorn at whidbey.com
Wed Jan 31 00:33:53 CET 2007

Paul Tomblin wrote:

>Quoting G. Armour Van Horn (vanhorn at whidbey.com):
>>After moving the list to it's new home and running the script to update 
>>the archive, I ended up with a raft of messages in the January 2007 
>>archive that are probably ancient. They show no subject, and all of them 
>>are dated this afternoon, probably at the time that I ran the script. Is 
>>there any safe way to clear those out?
>That happened to me when I moved my archives because I had old messages
>that had an "unescaped" "From " line in the body.  I guess there was a
>time when pipermail didn't put a ">" in front of the word "From " in the
>body of a message, and so when I ran "arch" on that mbox I got a lot of
>gibberish messages dated today.  The user contributed program "cleanarch"
>can help fix up some (but not all) of those and I had to use sed to fix
>the rest.  Another problem I ran into were some messages that came around
>1 Jan 2000 that had a date of 1 Jan 100.  I also discovered some very old
>messages that had a header line of
>Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=".chrsc"
>which confused arch as well.  It wasn't until I fixed all
>of these problems that I was able to finally run arch in a way that built
>good archives.
That sounds ugly, given that the mbox file is over 20 megs. I guess I'll 
try cleanarch and ignore the rest of it, as I lack the skill (or 
patience) to find and repair the errors in the mbox. But thanks for the 


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