[Mailman-Users] "No subject" messages in archives
Ivan Van Laningham
ivanlan at pauahtun.org
Fri May 25 15:30:05 CEST 2007
Mark Sapiro wrote:
>> So, if I process the old mbox and convert the "From " lines without
>> dates into "From " lines without " and <> and add a date/time stamp, and
>> THEN run cleanarch, cleanarch should escape only the 1006 non-matching
>> "From " lines, and I should end up with an mbox I can combine with
>> March, April and May of 2007 from the current list. Is that a correct
> That is correct, but if you can process the old mbox and identify which
> "From " lines without dates are actually message separators, then you
> should be able to identify which ones are not message separators and
> just escape those. I.e. create your own archive cleaner specific to
> this situation.
Which is exactly what I did. I ran cleanarch on the result, and it
found four instances of bad email addresses, as in "foo bar"@spam.org
(the " were part of the address), but luckily, those four instances were
forwarded messages, and did indeed need to be escaped.
OK. Now I have a large inbox to re-process (110 MB), but before I do
that, I have to remove all the previously processed messages from the
current archive. The FAQ ("3.3. How can I remove a post from the list
archive / remove an entire archive?") says to "edit the raw archive".
Editing 122 MB of raw archive is going to take some time, since I have
to throw away 110 MB of it. I'd like to prevent new messages from
coming into the system while I'm editing it, and I seem to be
overlooking instructions on how to lock the list. I find that the help
message for withlist tells me how to lock the list while I operate on it
using withlist, but is that what I want? Can I vi/emacs the mbox while
it is locked with withlist?
Am I simply obtuse, or is there no way to lock the list while I'm
editing? Or do I throw caution to the winds and blithely edit without
concern for incoming messages?
Thanks for all your help, and patience.
Ivan Van Laningham
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