[Mailman-Users] problem removing addresses with space at end

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Sat Sep 25 00:17:55 CEST 2010

Sandi Gruver wrote:

>On the server 
>lists # ./find_member somemember
>somemember at someplace.edu found in:
>     icrc
>somemember at someplace.edu&nbsp found in:
>     icrc
>lists # ./remove_members icrc somemember at someplace.edu&nbsp
>[1] 11103
>-bash: nbsp: command not found

& has special meaning to the shell and must be quoted or escaped. The
above line says run the command "./remove_members icrc
somemember at someplace.edu" in the background and then run nbsp in the

The "[1] 11103" is the job ID and PID of the background job which
presumably ran normally and removed somemember at someplace.edu from the
list. "-bash: nbsp: command not found" is the response to the "nbsp"
command. You need to give the command as

./remove_members icrc somemember at someplace.edu\&nbsp


./remove_members icrc "somemember at someplace.edu&nbsp"


./remove_members icrc 'somemember at someplace.edu&nbsp'

>The list owner removed them from the list, but they still show up on the server.
>Will this cause more bounces and then disable the accounts?

If the bounce processing settings are appropriate for the list traffic.

Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net>        The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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