[Mailman-Users] checkdbs error

Adam Miller amiller at gravity.phys.uwm.edu
Fri Mar 23 18:46:01 CET 2007

On Thu, 22 Mar 2007, Mark Sapiro wrote:

> Adam Miller wrote:
>> I'm getting some errors with a mailman cron job is running.  I am using
>> mailman version 2.1.9 on an FC5 i386 box.
>> /usr/lib/mailman/cron/checkdbs
>> Traceback (most recent call last):
>>   File "/usr/lib/mailman/cron/checkdbs", line 203, in ?
>>     main()
>>   File "/usr/lib/mailman/cron/checkdbs", line 104, in main
>>     discarded = auto_discard(mlist)
>>   File "/usr/lib/mailman/cron/checkdbs", line 192, in auto_discard
>>     heldmsgs = mlist.GetHeldMessageIds()
>>   File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/ListAdmin.py", line 143, in
>> GetHeldMessageIds
>>     return self.__getmsgids(HELDMSG)
>>   File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/ListAdmin.py", line 138, in __getmsgids
>>     ids = [k for k, (op, data) in self.__db.items() if op == rtype]
>> ValueError: too many values to unpack
>> Any ideas as to what is causing this error and/or how to fix it?  Possibly
>> a corrupt pickle?  Thanks!!
> Yes. It seems there is at least one bad entry in a
> lists/<listname>/request.pck file. If you can identify which one, you
> can just remove it or replace it with an 'empty' (24 byte long) one.
> You can probably identify which one by visiting the admindb page for
> each list in turn until you hit a bug or wierd result.
> Or maybe you can see a problem with bin/dumpdb.

Thanks!  By removing the request.pck, will that destroy current pending 

Adam Miller

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