[Mailman-Users] There are no pending requests

rex rex.linuxuser at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 08:28:26 CET 2014

The Mailman web page to approve messages held for approval always has
the message: "There are no pending requents," even when there 
are messages in /var/lib/mailman/data/heldmsg-mynewlist-1.pck

Running Mailman 2.1.15 under Debian Wheezy with a new list that has
never existed on any local machine. 

1) Mail that does not require approval is posted to the list normally.
2) All web pages with the exception of the one below function normally.
3) Mail from moderated subscribers produces the usual notice to the
list admin, but when the page:


is visited, this message appears:

"There are no pending requests. Click here to reload this page."

Reloading the page makes no difference. 

I tried the hold_again script from here:

When the hold_again script is run, this is the result:

root@ /usr/lib/mailman/bin# ./hold_again -n -v -l mynewlist
Requeueing message from file heldmsg-mynewlist-1.pck

The held message is in the data directory:

root@:/var/lib/mailman/data# ls -l
-rw-r----- 1 root list       41 May  3  2013 adm.pw
-rw-rw---- 1 root list     1997 Nov  6  2012 aliases
-rw-rw---- 1 list list    12288 Nov  6  2012 aliases.db
-rw-rw-r-- 1 list list      775 Mar 25 16:11 heldmsg-mynewlist-1.pck
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root list       10 Jul 13  2012 last_mailman_version
-rw-r--r-- 1 root list    14100 Jun 16  2012 sitelist.cfg
-rw-rw---- 1 root list     1831 Nov  6  2012 virtual-mailman
-rw-rw---- 1 list list    12288 Nov  6  2012 virtual-mailman.db

The hold_again command results in a new notice to the list admin re
the held message, but revisiting the web page shows the same "There
are no pending requests" message.

Responding via email to the list admin message with an 
"Approved: listadminpswd" header" results in a copy of the sent message
being sent to the list admin, but no action re the held message; it's
still held, with the same timestamp.

The server is running apache 2.4.6-3.

The mailman.conf file in /etc/apache2/sites-available has:

# Sample configuration for Debian mailman with Apache

# We can find mailman here:
ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/mailman/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/mailman/
# And the public archives:
Alias /pipermail/ /var/lib/mailman/archives/public/
# Logos:
Alias /images/mailman/ /usr/share/images/mailman/

# Use this if you don't want the "cgi-bin" component in your URL:
# In case you want to access mailman through a shorter URL you should enable
# this:
#ScriptAlias /mailman/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/mailman/
# In this case you need to set the DEFAULT_URL_PATTERN in
# /etc/mailman/mm_cfg.py to http://%s/mailman/ for the cookie
# authentication code to work.  Note that you need to change the base
# URL for all the already-created lists as well.

<Directory /usr/lib/cgi-bin/mailman/>
    AllowOverride None
    Options ExecCGI
    AddHandler cgi-script .cgi
    Require all granted
<Directory /var/lib/mailman/archives/public/>
    Options FollowSymlinks 
    AllowOverride None
    Require all granted 
<Directory /usr/share/images/mailman/>
    AllowOverride None
    Require all granted

I've spent hours trying to resolve this problem.  Any help would be
much appreciated.



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