[Mailman-Users] How can I check status of or abort a mailing in progress?

John Hicks johnlist at gulfbridge.net
Wed Jul 2 07:13:43 CEST 2008

I have been hosting a mailing list of 16,000 names which has been 
purring along for over a year now with no problems. (I am running 
Mailman 2.1.5, Postfix-2.2.10,  on RHES 4.0)

Recently I reconfigured this list to enable personalization so my client 
could do a better job of processing cancellation requests from 
subscribers. The processing time for a mailing (from the smtp log) went 
from a few seconds per mailing to a few minutes, but nothing unreasonable.

Heady from this success, I re-reconfigured the list to enable "full 
personalization". My client posted his first message using this 
configuration Sunday night and it is still being processed (Tuesday 
night). The smtp log is filling with entries indicating either one or 
three recipients were processed. [I understand the reason for the 
singletons but not the triplets.] These entries occur in batches of a 
hundred or so and then pause for an hour or two.

I have no idea how far the system has gotten in processing the entire 
list. Is there any way to find out? (The message already appears in the 
archives but there is no entry in the Mailman "post" log.)

My client wants me to cancel the post, but I can't find any indication 
of how one would go about doing that. Nothing in the "documentation," 
wiki, FAQ, and only one post on the subject on this list (but without an 
answer to the question).

Any help would be appreciated.

(Also pointing me toward any general document on the overall design and 
architecture of Mailman would be appreciated. The only documentation I 
can find is user or list-admin oriented. Not a clue about how Mailman 
actually gets its job done.)

Thanks in advance,

John Hicks

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