[Mailman-Users] Further to "Need Help with Mailman Mail Delivery"

Chuck Weinstock weinstock at conjelco.com
Tue Sep 27 11:20:06 EDT 2016

Ok, there were a whole bunch of lock files that I cleared and now I can access the admin page.

The shunt directory contains 591 different lines of the form:

-rw-rw---- 1 mailman mailman   1196 Sep 26 20:25 1474919192.85809+72fc7bd3e80b280fe5def1b842936d832e60126f.pck

All from around the same time.

The other two directories are empty.

Applying dumpdb to a few of them I see that they are each spam. (No indication of corruption that I can see.)

Here’s part of an example:

[----- start pickle file -----]
<----- start object 1 ----->
From Cora4 at only-4u.com  Thu Sep 22 08:58:08 2016
Return-Path: <Cora4 at only-4u.com>
X-Original-To: wg10.4 at dependability.org
Delivered-To: wg10.4 at dependability.org
Received: from [] (unknown [])
 by personal2.localdomain (Postfix) with ESMTP id ED0984762
 for <wg10.4 at dependability.org>; Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:58:07 -0400 (EDT)
Content-type: multipart/mixed;
Content-transfer-encoding: 7bit
From: "Cora wilkes" <Cora4 at only-4u.com>
MIME-version: 1.0 (1.0)
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:28:05 +0530
Subject: Invoice INV00001226
Message-id: <2BD4D6-22C09DB0-F12148EE-B60C5033-85FB1AE4E06B6427C130 at only-4u.com>
To: wg10.4 at dependability.org
X-Mailer: iPhone Mail (13G35)
Envelope-To: <wg10.4 at dependability.org>

Content-Type: text/plain;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

Please find our invoice attached.

Content-Type: application/zip;
Content-Disposition: attachment;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64

[base64 content]


<----- start object 2 ----->
{   '_parsemsg': False,
    'listname': 'wg10.4',
    'received_time': 1474549089.019715,
    'tolist': 1,
    'version': 3}
[----- end pickle file -----]

> On Sep 27, 2016, at 11:06 AM, Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net> wrote:
> On 09/27/2016 07:54 AM, Chuck Weinstock wrote:
>> One thing I noticed is that there was no locks directory anywhere in the
>> installation. Is this normal? (Places I looked: /var/lib/mailman
>> /usr/lib/mailman and /etc/mailman.)
> Your mailman locks directory is /var/lock/mailman/. See
> <https://wiki.list.org/x/8486953>.
> I suspect the problem with the CGIs has to do with the qrunners being
> KILLed and leaving the list locked.
> That still doesn't explain why the qrunners are being SIGKILLed.
> Is there anything in /var/spool/mailman/shunt, /var/spool/mailman/retry
> or /var/spool/mailman/in?
> If so, what does Mailman's 'bin/dumpdb -p' produce on those files? I'm
> looking for some kind of message corruption and also the metadata.
> -- 
> Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net>        The highway is for gamblers,
> San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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