[Mailman-Users] Deleting Mailman Mbox

Carlos Williams carloswill at gmail.com
Mon Jul 14 18:11:01 CEST 2008

On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 11:33 AM, Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net> wrote:
> Someone else reported a similar symptom a month or two ago. (I just
> tried to find this in the archive, and I see it was you, not someone
> else.)

Yes - I reported this during my migration help email. It was me...

> I have no idea how this happened. I suspect somehow instead of
> mailman.mbox/mailman.mbox being a file, it somehow became a link back
> to its parent. If this is the case, even "rm -rf
> /var/lib/mailman/archives/mailman.mbox" may not succeed because it may
> loop indefinitely, but it's worth a try.
> At worst, you might be able to "mv
> /var/lib/mailman/archives/mailman.mbox junk". Then you could create a
> new /var/lib/mailman/archives/mailman.mbox directory and empty
> /var/lib/mailman/archives/mailman.mbox/mailman.mbox file with the same
> ownership and permissions as the good ones.

So I think I am simply going to just "rm -rf

This will retain the first mailman.box directory which is expected to
be there and then remove everything beyond that.
I will then assume at some point Mailman will attempt to re-generate a
mailbox.mbox file in that directory. Do you think this is a bad idea?

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