[Mailman-Users] cleaning up config.pck

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Wed Apr 21 19:52:20 CEST 2010

Mike Cherry wrote:
>In looking at the dumpdb txt I see the issue is with the hold_and_cmd_autoresponses.  The size of the file does not correlate with the number of subscribers rather the amount of spam the list recieves.  
>list 1; config.pck size 16M, 1.2M hold_and_cmd_autoresponses addresses, 113 subscribers
>list 2; config.pck size 13M, 1.0M hold_and_cmd_autoresponses addresses, 584 subscribers
>list 3; config.pck size 1.1M, 80K hold_and_cmd_autoresponses addresses, 62 subscribers
>I'm assuming that 1.2 million addresses in hold_and_cmd_autoresponses might be keeping the file large?  I am assuming that my problem is with the size of the file as lists with smaller config.pck files release locks quicker and the web admin interface starts much much faster.
>In Defaults.pk I have MAX_AUTORESPONSES_PER_DAY = 10.

Your assumptions are more or less correct, but is cron/checkdbs
running? It should be deleting all but the current day's
hold_and_cmd_autoresponses entries from every config.pck every time it

If you're getting spam to a list from a million addresses a day, you
really do have a spam problem :(

So I'm guessing that cron/checkdbs is not running or something is going
wrong with that process. See the FAQ at <http://wiki.list.org/x/H4Cj>
which may be relevant.

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