[Mailman-Users] GDPR

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Wed May 16 07:48:55 EDT 2018

On 5/15/18 6:50 PM, Grant Taylor via Mailman-Users wrote:
> On 05/15/2018 07:04 PM, Mark Sapiro wrote:
>> Actually, the easiest way is to just redact the cumulative
>> LIST.mbox/LIST.mbox file and rebuild the archive with 'bin/arch
>> --wipe' but that can have undesired side effects.
> Doesn't that run the risk of renumbering messages, thus breaking
> existing links to messages?  Or at least disassociating them such that
> they link to the wrong message?

That's one of the "undesired side effects" although if the list is less
than 10 years old and you don't and never have edited the mbox with an
MUA that can reorder messages and you just redact text and don't delete
messages, that risk is small.

Other issues can arise if the list's scrub_nondigest setting is No now
but has been Yes at some time in the past, scrubbed attachments from the
Yes period will be lost.

Also, if you have a list search, e.g. htdig integration, that can order
hits by file system time stamp, this may be an issue because all the
timestamps become the current time, although the same issue occurs when
editing the HTML files directly. There is a script to fix that at

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