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

Ivan Van Laningham ivanlan at pauahtun.org
Fri May 25 19:17:07 CEST 2007

Hi All--
I wrote:
> Ah, thanks, Barry.  I will try one of these methods, probably the 
> withlist one, and report back later today.  If all goes well, I'll be 
> able to update two FAQ entries, the one about removing archive entries 
> and the one about importing messages/archives into your mailing list.

I locked the list with withlist.  I then edited the .mbox file with vim 
and deleted 2662737 lines, all the messages that had malformed 'From ' 
lines (no dates at the end of the lines).  On my somewhat slow machine 
(2.2GHZ Celeron), with only a gig of memory, this took about 10 minutes. 
  I was willing to wait. ;-)

After saving modified .mbox, I exited withlist without saving.  I then 
catted the corrected old archive .mbox file to the end of the modified 
.mbox.  Then I ran arch.  That, too, took a while, maybe half-an-hour 
for about 49,000 messages.  Again, I was willing to wait. ;-)

Once it finished, I went to the latest, May 2007, archive index page. 
Here is the top of that page:

May 2007 Archives by date

     * Messages sorted by: [ thread ] [ subject ] [ author ]
     * More info on this list...

Starting: Tue May 1 04:17:11 MDT 2007
Ending: Fri May 25 09:53:46 MDT 2007
Messages: 928

"Messages: 928" is a WHOLE LOT better than "Messages: 5928".  ;-)

I couldn't be more pleased.  I'm chuffed!  Thanks to everyone.  I'll be 
updating the FAQ entries concerned later today, I hope.  Or would it be 
better to post the corrected entries here first in order to get input on 
them upfront?

I looked at the remainder of the archives, and I found only two 
oddities, both on the same page.  Here is the relevant section of the 
index page:

# Peter Abresch   Ellen Stanton
# No subject   Judith Miller
#   Marilyn Kapp
# Happy: Up, down, up, down...   Jmacampora at aol.com
# Guppy Digest   Jmacampora at aol.com
#   Jmacampora at aol.com
# Guppies/Janet A.   Lanier Dodson

The "Marilyn Kapp" and the third "Jmacampora at aol.com" entries have no 
subjects and no links to them.  The previous entries are missing the 
"Next message" links, and the following entries are missing the 
"Previous message" links.

I'm actually willing to live with these, unless they're damaging the 
archives somehow.  Any guesses as to how difficult it would be to fix 
these by say, simply editing the .mbox and re-running arch --wipe?

Ivan Van Laningham
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