[Mailman-Users] bin/upgrade has been broken since 2.1.5(orpossibly longer)

Knut Auvor Grythe knut at auvor.no
Fri Sep 19 17:56:52 CEST 2008

On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 08:40:32AM -0700, Mark Sapiro wrote:
>> Now, I could probably have recovered in some other way, but that's
>> because I know python. Not all mailman users do, and I suspect they
>> would have severe difficulties recovering from such a situation.
> The recovery is something like:
>   find lists/*/request.pck -mtime +365 -delete

In my case, probably. But this doesn't change my point, you just have to
substitute "python" with "mailman". I certainly wouldn't know whether if
was safe or not to just delete request.pck files like that. That's why I
patched the upgrade script instead, since it seemed the safest approach.

>> Also, even if they actually did notice this problem before the
>> upgrade, how would they solve it? If I was them I'd probably try to
>> upgrade to the latest version to see if the crashing stops, only to
>> see that the upgrade also crashes.
> I really don't think at this point (11 releases and over 5 years
> later) that there are that many people in your situation.

That's your call. I am no longer in that situation, so I'll stop nagging
you about it :-)

> BTW, it seems that given your situation, you may have a large number of
> dead held messages. If you haven't done so, you might look at the FAQ
> at <http://wiki.list.org/x/nIA9> and remove them.

That is indeed relevant in my situation. However, I just set
max_days_to_hold to 60 for all lists. Shouldn't that take care of it

Knut Auvor

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