[Mailman-Users] Messages remain in spool/mailman/in

Sebastian Hagedorn Hagedorn at uni-koeln.de
Wed Apr 23 17:09:36 CEST 2008


I just noticed a problem with our 2.1.9 installation. One of my colleagues 
complained that mails didn't go through to one of his lists. When I checked 
the logs, I found that sendmail handed the messages off to Mailman (some 
info redacted):

2008-04-23T15:14:23+02:00 lvr13.rrz.uni-koeln.de sendmail[21253]: 
m3NDEM3A021253: from=<yyy at uni-koeln.de>, size=5059, class=0, nrcpts=1, 
msgid=<1208956450.988675.155922491.2908.2 at otrs.rrz.uni-koeln.de>, 
proto=ESMTP, daemon=Daemon0, relay=cherub.rrz.uni-koeln.de []
2008-04-23T15:14:23+02:00 lvr13.rrz.uni-koeln.de sendmail[21271]: 
m3NDEM3A021253: to="|/usr/lib/mailman/mail/mailman post xxx", 
ctladdr=<xxx at uni-koeln.de> (8/0), delay=00:00:00, xdelay=00:00:00, 
mailer=prog, pri=35271, dsn=2.0.0, stat=Sent

But there was no trace in any of Mailman's logs. On a hunch I checked the 
spool directory and noticed that there are 1,390 files in the "in" 
directory, starting at 2 pm today. I also found the message in question 
based on its time stamp. Some mail still goes through Mailman, but some 
apparently doesn't. All runners seem to be running, so I'm at a loss to 
explain this behavior.

Any ideas?

Update: I just noticed that the number of messages in "in" is decreasing. 
Could it be that something just overwhelmed Mailman so that now there is a 
backlog that's slowly being worked through? I don't think we ever had such 
issues prior to today.

Cheers, Sebastian
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