[Mailman-Users] Moving archives to a new list?

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Sat Nov 22 03:03:25 CET 2008

Johnny Stork wrote:

>Thanks for getting back to me. Unfortunately this didnt work completely 
>since all the html, attachements etc were not included.

That probably means that for the old list's Non-digest options ->
scrub_nondigest was set to Yes, so attachments, HTML, etc. were
removed before the message was archived.

If this is the case, you could do the following:

>1: Copied archives/private/OLDLIST.mbox/OLDLIST.mbox to 


Then run "bin/arch --wipe NEWLIST"

The problem now is you have to keep the
archives/private/OLDLIST/attachments directory because that's where
the links in the messages to scrubbed attachments point.

Either that or you could first edit
archives/private/NEWLIST.mbox/NEWLIST.mbox before running bin/arch and
change all the OLDLIST URLs to NEWLIST and then after running
bin/arch, move archives/private/OLDLIST/attachments to

>2: Copied everything in archives/private/OLDLIST.ca to archives/N EWLIST.ca
>3: Edited archives/private/NEWLIST.ca/pipermail.pck so the basedir is 
>now archives/private/NEWLIST.ca

On the other hand, I have no idea what archives/private/OLDLIST.ca
might be.  In standard Mailman there are only two directories per list
in archives/private, and they are archives/private/LISTNAME and
archives/private/LISTNAME.mbox, so You may be dealing with something
about which I know nothing.

>I could then go to the archives page and see all the old messages just 
>fine, but a couple problems persist
>1: If I send a message to the NEWLIST, it is processed fine, but the 
>archive html pages does not show the new postings?
>2: All previous postings in the archives to OLDLIST, where there are 
>attachements, still point to the OLDLIST location
>Is there any way to at least fix #1? that you know of

#1 could be permissions or anything. Is there anything in Mailman's
error log for these posts?

See above for #2.

Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net>        The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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