[Mailman-Users] Mailman continues to deliver to deleted list

Stefan Foerster cite at incertum.net
Wed Nov 7 06:38:31 CET 2012

* Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net>:
> First of all, if the list is gone, i.e. there is no lists/LISTNAME/
> directory in Mailman's hierarchy, no currently queued messages will be
> processed. Outgoing runner or some other runner may pick up queue
> entries for this list, but the list won't be there, so the queued
> message will be shunted with an error log message 'Dequeuing message
> destined for missing list: LISTNAME'. Therefore, you can just restart
> Mailman and any messages in Mailman's queues from the affected list
> will just wind up in the shunt queue and won't be processed.

I am aware of how to get rid of shunted messages but I'd like to know
if there are performance penalites for keeping a moderate amount
(<1k) of messages around in the shunted queue for about a month.

As far as I understand, the shunted queue is not directly involved in
message delivery, so there should be no performance hit, right? This
way I could "play it safe", keep those messages around for a certain
time (they might turn out important after all) and then have a cron
job delete them.


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