[Mailman-Users] Checking the Database

Anilkumar Padmaraju apadmaraju at guidewire.com
Mon Sep 19 21:58:14 EDT 2016

Thank you, Mark!  We have over 100 lists in our mailman server, out of those 10 lists we are moving to another application and seeing how to move.   

The mails are archived under /usr/local/mailman/archives/public/<listname>/.  Under that directory there is database directory containing files like below.  How that is related to lists/LISTNAME/config.pck or any advice on moving this database files to that new application.  

Thank you,


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From: Mailman-Users [mailto:mailman-users-bounces+apadmaraju=guidewire.com at python.org] On Behalf Of Mark Sapiro
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 6:36 PM
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Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] Checking the Database

On 09/19/2016 11:29 AM, Anilkumar Padmaraju wrote:
> As per the link 
> https://pythonhosted.org/mailman/src/mailman/docs/DATABASE.html our 
> mailman server does not have file /etc/mailman.cfg

This document describes Mailman 3.

> On our mailman server dir is under /usr/local/mailman and has below dirs.
> archives  cron   lists  mail      pythonlib  spam       unsubscribes.log
> bin       data   locks  Mailman   qfiles     templates
> cgi-bin   icons  logs   messages  scripts    tests
> The mailman.cfg is not in that dir as well.  Is there any other file I need to check to see which database it is using.

Your installation is Mailman 2.1. Mailman 2.1, at least as distributed, does not use a database. All persistent data for a list is in a Python pickle at lists/LISTNAME/config.pck.

There are 3rd party add-ons to use LDAP or MySQL for membership data, but you almost certainly aren'tusing either of those.

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