[Mailman-Users] Adding backup to multi-server config

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Sun Dec 23 22:08:57 CET 2012

On 12/18/2012 11:15 AM, Jeff Taylor wrote:
> From an initial glance, I was thinking of having a configurable Delay
> variable in mm_cfg.py, specified in seconds, then qrunner could use the
> timestamp on the queued messages and only process the ones which were
> older than Delay.  This backup machine would *not* have the qrunner
> slices patch applied to it, as it should be processing any message that
> doesn't get handled by the primary servers.
> Does this sound plausible?


> Unfortunately I know nothing about python,
> nor the specifics of mailman's code, so I'm not sure if this would be an
> easy change that someone could give me the code for... but any help is
> appreciated.

Assuming you have something like


in mm_cfg.py for the backup machine and either no mention or something like


in mm_cfg.py/Defaults.py for the other machines, you could then patch
Mailman/Queue/Switchboard.py as follows:

Find the section in the definition of the files() method that looks like

            if ext <> extension:
            when, digest = filebase.split('+')
            # Throw out any files which don't match our bitrange.  BAW: test
            # performance and end-cases of this algorithm.  MAS: both
            # comparisons need to be <= to get complete range.
            if lower is None or (lower <= long(digest, 16) <= upper):
                key = float(when)
                while times.has_key(key):
                    key += DELTA
                times[key] = filebase

and add the following

        now = time.time()
        age = now - float(when)
        # Only process defined 'old' entries.
        if not (
                hasattr(mm_cfg, 'QRUNNER_MESSAGE_IS_OLD_DELAY') and
                mm_cfg.QRUNNER_MESSAGE_IS_OLD_DELAY and
                age > mm_cfg.QRUNNER_MESSAGE_IS_OLD_DELAY):


            when, digest = filebase.split('+')


            # Throw out any files which don't match our bitrange.  BAW: test

Also, Assuming you have patched mailmanctl as indicated at
the mm_cfg.py QRUNNERS entries for the backup machine should look like

    ('ArchRunner',     1,0,1), # messages for the archiver

i.e., the backup machine should be set up to be machine 0 of 1 machines.
The actual number of slices for a given runner on this machine (the
first '1' in '1,0,1' above) could be greater than 1, but you probably
don't want that.

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