[Mailman-Users] mailman silently fails

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Thu Sep 4 02:54:57 CEST 2008

Gaspard Bucher wrote:
>I am having troubles with a previously working installation of  
>mailman: the messages sent to the list are eaten and nothing happens:  
>nothing in the logs, nothing sent, no trace in the archives.
>I tested the exim4 configuration by replacing the /var/lib/mailman/ 
>mail/mailman binary by a custom script capturing parameters and STDIN:
>parameters: ["post", "test-news"]
>stdin content: "From SENDER EMAIL Mon Sep 01 22:47:05 2008\nReceived:  
>from ([] helo=[])\n 
>\tby teti.ch with esmtpa (Exim 4.63)\n\t(envelope-from <SENDER EMAIL>) 
>\n\tid 1KaGIj-0004ug-QV\n\tfor LIST EMAIL; Mon, 01 Sep 2008 22:47:05  
>+0200\nMessage-Id: <6F858790-A9AD-4849-8C21-A98E56B8AA7A at example.com> 
>\nFrom: Gaspard Bucher <SENDER EMAIL>\nTo: LIST EMAIL\nContent-Type:  
>text/plain; charset=US-ASCII; format=flowed\nContent-Transfer- 
>Encoding: 7bit\nMime-Version: 1.0 (Apple Message framework  
>v926)\nSubject: test5\nDate: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 22:52:45 +0200\nX-Mailer:  
>Apple Mail (2.926)\n\ncinq\t\n\n"

OK, so exim is working. This should result in the message being added
to the appropriate Mailman queue. Is Mailman (the qrunners) running to
process the queues?

>I cannot even find a log information. Logs are empty:
>-rw-rw-r--  1 list     list   308 2008-09-01 23:01 error
>-rw-rw-r--  1 list     list     0 2008-09-01 06:27 post
>-rw-rw-r--  1 list     list     0 2008-09-02 06:27 qrunner
>-rw-rw-r--  1 list     list     0 2008-09-01 06:27 qrunner.1
>-rw-rw-r--  1 list     list     0 2008-09-02 06:27 smtp
>-rw-rw-r--  1 list     list     0 2008-09-01 06:27 smtp.1
>-rw-rw-r--  1 list     list     0 2008-09-02 06:27 smtp-failure
>-rw-rw-r--  1 list     list     0 2008-09-01 06:27 smtp-failure.1
>-rw-rw-r--  1 list     list    76 2008-09-01 22:27 subscribe
>the error log contains the following:
>Sep 01 22:25:23 2008 (17281) couldn't load config file /var/lib/ 
>invalid load key, 'm'.
>Sep 01 22:25:23 2008 (17281) fixing corrupt config file, using: /var/ 
>Sep 01 23:01:19 2008 post(19291): post script, list not found: cosoasdf
>related to some things I tried to see what was happening.

Those are possibly problems, but not enough to explain problems with
several messages.

>Any clue would be greatly welcome, I'm totally lost here.

Look in Mailman's qfiles. I suspect you'll see the messages in
qfiles/in/ indicating that at least IncomingRunner is not running.

See <http://wiki.list.org/x/A4E9>.

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San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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