[Mailman-Users] The Mysterious Disappearing Disk Space (fwd)

J.A. Terranson measl at mfn.org
Tue Nov 18 05:26:34 CET 2008


	I have looked through the archives for something similar to my 
issue, and I noticed that by searching on "disk full", I get similar 
reports beginning in roughly July of 08.

	As with these other reports, I have noticed *tremendous* 
disappearing space.  When I tried to find the actual files, I was 
unsuccessful.  Interestingly, if I stop mailman and then restart it, the 
"missing" space miraculously reappears! 

	So, now that the background is over with, here's where I find 
myself (besides just looking stupid):

(1) Yesterday I enabled VERP, and it appeared to be working well,  At the 
time I turned on VERP, I had around 5gb of free space (which would take 
about two weeks to "disappear" before VERP).
(2) Around 2pm today, the disk was full, and mailman died.
(3) My inkling of something being wrong was this on the web interface:

  "Bug in Mailman version 2.1.11rc2

  We're sorry, we hit a bug!

  Please inform the webmaster for this site of this problem. Printing of 
  traceback and other system information has been explicitly inhibited, 
  but the webmaster can find this information in the Mailman error logs. "

(4) Upon looking at the system in response to the above missive, I checked 
and saw the system ws out of space again.  I did what I always do - shut 
down mailman (which usually drops ~5gb of "missing" space, and then 
restart it.  Everything before today has come up roses doing this.

(5) There is nothing in any of the logs that indicate why this message is 
continuing to poke fun at me.

(6) I have looked through the various manuals, pdfs, etc, and cannot find 
anything about explicitly enabling logging so that I can get a better 
handle on this.

Oddly, as a mailman user since around 2001, this is the first real problem 
Ive had: Great platform!!!  Mediocre admin though, and one begging for 
help as well.

All the best,


J.A. Terranson

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