[Mailman-Users] A rare moment

skip at pobox.com skip at pobox.com
Mon Oct 25 04:31:25 CEST 2010

    Mark> With 60 or so lists and 12,000+ subscribers around the

    Mark> globe it is easy to get behind.  I've seen 10,000 or more

    Mark> held messages at times.  Today, though:


    Mark> autox /local/mailman/teamnet/data  131 :: ls held*

    Mark> ls: No match.


That's a pleasant sight, I agree.  (I'm a former member of both the triumphs
and british-car lists, though not for several years.  I appreciate all the
time and effort you put into maintaining team.net.)

I help manage the python.org mailing lists.  In fact, I came across your
mail while doing a bit of backend triage this evening.

To help with the process, a couple years ago I wrote a script to help me
quickly process held messages:


I invoke it from a shell function which executes it once for each list I
admin or moderate:

    mmcheck () 
	for url in
	    mmfold $url;

then just step through the pages it generates.  Information for each held
message is displayed in a single line and the default action is to discard,
which I find is the most useful action.

Maybe it will help to keep your held message lists down under 1,000.


Skip Montanaro - skip at pobox.com - http://www.smontanaro.net/

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