[Mailman-Users] A lot of unsubscribes

Allan Hansen hansen at rc.org
Tue Dec 16 01:59:24 CET 2008

Closer examination has revealed that most if not all of these unsubscriptions are
valid. The 'cron' explanation appears correct, because when I upgraded, I also found
that the password reminders were suddenly being sent out, which they had not before.
Looking at crontab, I found the cron job to do just that.

I wonder if this is something Apple bungled when they stopped using cron jobs for
their own scheduled tasks. In any case, the jobs are now running again.

Thank you for the hint.


At 3:56 PM -0800 12/15/08, Mark Sapiro wrote:
>Allan Hansen wrote:
>>I recently updated my server from Mac OS X 10.4 to 10.5, with the attendant upgrade
>>of Mailman.
>>Following that, the server suddenly unsubscribed some 300 subscribers from various
>>lists. Is that to be expected or should I resubscribe them?
>It's not "expected", but in order to know whether to resubscribe them,
>you need to know why they were unsubscribed.
>Here are some possibilities. Presumably the actual unsubscribes were of
>bouncing members by cron/disabled. Possibly cron/disabled was not
>being run before and the server/Mailman upgrade installed a new
>crontab for Mailman.
>Prior to Mailman 2.1.10, if bounce_score_threshold for a list was
>reduced, members with stale bounce info with scores >= the new
>threshold would be disabled and/or unsubscribed. This wouldn't explain
>your situation unless you happened to reduce some
>bounce_score_threshold settings.
>Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net>        The highway is for gamblers,
>San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

Allan Hansen
P.O Box 2423
Cypress, CA 90630
hansen at rc.org

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