[Mailman-Users] Getting Rid of Posts

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Fri Oct 5 17:47:34 CEST 2007

Raquel wrote:

>When I was setting up my new server, I made an error in configuring
>Sendmail.  For a very short period of time I had inadvertently left
>a hole where mail could be sent to "localhost.localdomain".  During
>that time I got 3 posts sent to "mailman at localhost.localdomain". 
>Those posts are being held in /var/lib/mailman/data as:
>  heldmsg-mailman-1.pck
>  heldmsg-mailman-2.pck
>  heldmsg-mailman-3.pck
>and I'm being sent a message every morning telling me there are 3
>files being held for my "consideration". 
>"http://localhost.localdomain/cgi-bin/mailman/admindb/mailman" is
>not a valid URL to remove those files, so my question ...
>Can those *.pck files be deleted without causing a problem to

You should be able to go to the admindb interface for the 'mailman'
list at whatever host you're currently using to access Mailman, and
discard the held messages.

If for some reason, you can't, you should discard the
heldmsg-mailman-*.pck files using Mailman's bin/discard and not by
simply removing them since just removing them will not remove the
entries from lists/mailman/request.pck and you'll still get the

Also, if you run fix_url on the mailman list, you'll get the correct
hostname in the url in the notice.  See bin/fix_url.py and/or

Mark Sapiro <msapiro at value.net>       The highway is for gamblers,
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