[Mailman-Users] Digest growing to infinity

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Tue Dec 11 06:34:29 CET 2012

Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:

>Jan Krohn writes:
> > The digest being sent out is the same one every day, and the new posts are
> > just appended to it.
>That's incorrect, and it sounds like the digest file is not being
>deleted properly.  Deleting a file requires write access to the
>containing directory, not to the file, so it's possible for the file
>to be appendable but not deletable.
>Ask the host to run Mailman's check_perms script.

It certainly seems that Mailman's cron/senddigests is not removing the
lists/LISTNAME/digest.mbox file after creating the digest. I doubt
however that check_perms will find a problem. The lists/LISTNAME/
directory must be writable by Mailman as it also contains the list
configuration files and every time the list is updated for a post or
anything else, a new temporary config file is created and then the
existing files all have their names changed so that the config becomes
the backup and the new temporary file becomes the config, all of which
requires write access to the directory.

My first thought is that cron/senddigests is not being run as the
Mailman user, but that seems unlikely as other lists work.

The host also needs to check Mailman's error log which should contain

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

More information about the Mailman-Users mailing list