[Mailman-Users] Disaster recovery: fastest / best route advice sought

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Sat Sep 21 08:24:32 CEST 2013

On 09/20/2013 02:46 PM, Richard wrote:
> Another area I could use assistance with is versions! I have no idea
> what I'm in for! I DO have good backups of the dead system; how can I
> tell what version of mailman was even running? (I captured both
> /var/lib/mailman and /usr/lib/mailman before it was completely dead -
> it's unreadable now.)

cat /usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/Version.py and look at


(The above is for 2.1.16 final)

> Aside from these two trees, what might I have NOT
> captured that I might want to find from backup?

It depends on how Mailman was installed, whese package, etc. See, e.g.,
the FAQ at <http://wiki.list.org/x/KYCB>.

> What issues might I have
> in "upgrading"? What's my fastest / best procedure? For example, do I
> just create new lists and populate them with the list members? And what
> about all those archives? Can I just plunk them into the tree and expec
> them to work? (I really don't look forward to merging archive trees!)

See the FAQ at <http://wiki.list.org/x/2oA9>.

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