[Mailman-Users] logfiles description

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Sat Dec 17 13:54:42 EST 2016

On 12/17/2016 10:06 AM, Dave Stevens wrote:
> I see logfiles in /var/log/mailman/en but it isn't obvious (or not
> obvious enough anyway) what they all do. The wiki doesn't appear to
> describe them, can anyone refer me?

What Mailman package is this?

In a default source install, Mailman's log files are in
/usr/local/mailman/logs/ or in logs/ in the 'var_prefix' directory.

Some packages put them in /var/log/mailman/. I've never seen them in

The logs Mailman writes are:

bounce - information related to automated bounce processing
error - information and tracebacks from unanticipated exceptions
        and other error info.
fromusenet - information about the mail<->news gateway
locks - information about lockfile anomalies
mischief - information about unpermitted actions such as login
           failures for lists with private rosters as these can
           be attempts to fish for list membership.
post - information about delivered posts
qrunner - qrunner start/stop and other status messages
smtp - all Mailman's outgoing smtp sessions
smtp-failure - failed outgoing smtp transactions
subscribe - information about (un)subscriptions
vette - information about things held for moderator approval
        and other similar events.

I just added <https://wiki.list.org/x/17892009> to the wiki with this info.

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