[Mailman-Users] "No subject" messages in archives

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Fri May 25 15:48:46 CEST 2007

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On May 25, 2007, at 9:30 AM, Ivan Van Laningham wrote:

> 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?

Hi Ivan,

Can you just turn off mailmanctl while you're editing the inbox?   
Okay, this will shut down your Mailman system globally, which you  
might not want to do, but it's as safe as it gets.

If you specifically want to block messages just to the list your  
editing, then yes, lock it with bin/withlist and just edit the mbox.

Another option is to restart mailmanctl but temporarily disable the  
ArchRunner.  You should be safe to edit the mbox file then, and just  
delay updating all your archives (including the mbox archives) until  
you've finished your surgery, while the rest of the system continues  
to churn away.

- -Barry

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