[Mailman-Users] Create mailman archive from the gz files downloaded from the archive web page?

Adam Goldberg adam at agp-llc.com
Wed Jan 25 19:39:21 EST 2017

Yea, nope, that doesn't seem to work ("Private archive not found").  It might be disabled or something.

Ultimately, I want to make the archives available on a new server via the normal methods.

Adam Goldberg

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Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] Create mailman archive from the gz files downloaded from the archive web page?

On 01/25/2017 08:11 AM, Adam Goldberg wrote:
> Is there an easy (well, automated) way to import the .txt.gz files that are downloadable from a list's archive?  I've done a bit of searching, and it seems that all assume that the filesystem is available (to just copy archives over).

I am not sure what you are ultimately wanting to do, but you don't want the periodic .txt or .txt.gz files. The file you want is the cumulative archives/private/listname.mbox/listname.mbox file which contains unscrubbed (at least if the list's scrub_nondigest is No) messages with complete headers, not scrubbed messages with only selected headers.

Any list member can download this via the web.

If the site has set


There will be a link to "download the full raw archive" on the lists archive contents page.

If not you can still get it via a private archive url of the form http://example.com/mailman/private/listname.mbox/listname.mbox where listname is the actual list name, and yes, it appears twice. This does require authentication as a list member or admin/moderator, even if the archives are public, and may require using something like curl or wget if the archive is large to avoid browser time outs.

Once you have the mbox, you use bin/arch to import it into another Mailman instance. There is no "web" way to do that.

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