[Mailman-Users] lurker behaving strangely

Jenny Hopkins hopkins.jenny at gmail.com
Wed Jun 20 14:17:52 CEST 2007

Hullo there,

I've recently taken over the admin of a server running mailman and
lurker, for several mailing lists.

It was noticed that the archives were out of date and new messages
weren't archiving.  I traced the problem in the end to the mailman
mm_cfg.py script having
PUBLIC_EXTERNAL_ARCHIVER = 'usr/bin/lurker-index-mm -l %(listname)s -m'
rather than the newer wrapper /usr/bin/lurker-index-lc, the wrapper
script probably having been updated in an upgrade from debian sarge to

I did a mass import
sudo /usr/bin/lurker-index -v -c /etc/lurker/lurker.conf -l <mylist>
-i /var/lib/mailman/archives/public/<mylist>.mbox/<mylist>.mbox

The mails now all appeared up to date in the webpage showing the
archives, and new posts appeared as they should.

A few days later, I got a mail from someone telling me the archives
had vanished again.

On looking, the lurker page showed old mails once again.  The external
archiver error log has non-zero exit status:  127 again.

Re-running the mass import for one of the lists adds only two test
mails I sent since fixing the individual archiver.

What is going on?!  I'm completely bewildered.

Any help appreciated, I realise this post is probably a bit garbled.



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