[Mailman-Users] SMTP problem after recovering from disk full, clues?

Richard Shetron guest2 at sgeinc.com
Mon May 20 14:20:56 CEST 2013

I've noticed that if mailman is stopped/crashes/system reboot/etc. and 
there is anything in mailman/qfiles/maildir/cur that stuff seems to just 
hang in mailman until you stop mailman, clear this directory, and then 
restart mailman.  May not be your problem but try checking it.

you might also want to run the various check/test programs in 
mailman/bin such as check_db and check_perms.

On 5/20/2013 1:45 AM, David Josephson wrote:
> A very old and well-used list has been fine for years on this box,
> running Mailman 2.1.10 on Red Hat 7.2. The disk got full and everything
> crashed. I was able to clear out a couple GB of space and get all
> services running again, but now mailman will not send any messages,
> either to the list admins or to members. Just before it died completely,
> admins got a "We're sorry, we hit a bug" email.
> Incoming spam is properly discarded and logged in /logs/vette. Incoming
> posts show up in /logs/post showing 250 failures (there are 698 members
> on the list). The web interface seems to be functioning properly.
> /logs/smtp-failure shows
> "Low level smtp error: (-2, 'Name or service not known'), msgid: ..."
> and then
> May 19 22:02:15 2013 (16851) Low level smtp error: please run connect()
> first, msgid: ...
> and then listings of each of the addresses where delivery was attempted,
> each with "delivery to xx at yy failed with code -1: (-2, 'Name or service
> not known')"
> Nothing has changed with /etc/smrsh or sendmail, I can send and receive
> mail with mutt just fine.
> When I reinstalled mailman and sent it a test post, I got the group
> mismatch error reminder in the returned mail message that I needed to
> run configure with --with-mail-gid=mail, which I did, now test messages
> to lists don't bounce back to the sender, they just don't get out of the
> server.
> Following some of the FAQs I've looked with dumpdb and find no obviously
> corrupt .pck files. I moved ~mailman/lists and ~mailman/archives off
> somewhere else, reinstalled the same version, brought those directories
> back to ~mailman, and get the same behavior.
> What am I missing?
> --
> David Josephson
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