[Mailman-Users] missing list / MAILMAN BACKUP

Khalil Abbas khillo100 at hotmail.com
Sun Oct 11 14:16:15 CEST 2009

ok none of the files worked and I had to format my server and install all the domains and lists again ..


now the question is.. I usually backup the lists members and the lists configuration (with config_list -o file) .. they were no use to me and I had to format the server.. and obviously I have to backup mailman itself to avoid this situation in the future.. so what files or directories should I backup??





> Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2009 08:46:22 -0700
> From: mark at msapiro.net
> To: khillo100 at hotmail.com; mailman-users at python.org
> Subject: RE: [Mailman-Users] missing list!
> Khalil Abbas wrote:
> >
> >I went to /var/lib/mailman/lists/dailymail and found these files:
> >
> >
> >config.pck
> >config.pck.corrupt
> >config.pck.last
> >config.pck.safety
> >config.pck.MY-MAIL-SERVER-ADDRESS.11461
> >config.pck.MY-MAIL-SERVER-ADDRESS.2530
> >config.pck.MY-MAIL-SERVER-ADDRESS.2554
> >config.pck.MY-MAIL-SERVER-ADDRESS.2593
> >config.pck.MY-MAIL-SERVER-ADDRESS.2608
> >config.pck.MY-MAIL-SERVER-ADDRESS.9818
> >pending.pck
> >request.pck
> >
> >
> >could the correct file be there? do I have to rename any of these files to
> >make it work again?
> Do
> /path/to/bin/dumpdb -p /var/lib/mailman/lists/dailymail/$f
> for $f equal to each of the above config.pck* files in turn.
> Some of these will probably throw an exception and some may work. For
> those that work, pick the file with the most recent timestamp and copy
> it to config.pck
> Also, look in mailman's 'error' log for messages with timestamps around
> the timestamps of the above files for more insight into the problem.
> >if there's nothing I can do, is there a way to backup
> > the list of members in this missing list to a text file so I can format the
> >server and install mailman again and reconfigure the lists ?
> Hopefully, you can identify at least one usable config.pck and just use
> it. If not, you can try running strings on the files to extract data
> from them.
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