[Python-Dev] Mailing List archive corruption?

James Y Knight foom at fuhm.net
Tue Jan 19 17:24:57 CET 2010

On Jan 19, 2010, at 11:07 AM, Barry Warsaw wrote:

> On Jan 19, 2010, at 03:50 PM, Vinay Sajip wrote:
>> When I look at the mailing list archive for python-dev, I see some  
>> odd stuff at
>> the bottom of the page:
>> http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2010-January/thread.html#95232
>> Anyone know what's happened?
> WTF?  I think the archives were recently regenerated, so there's  
> probably a
> fubar there.  CC'ing the postmasters.

That happens if messages had unescaped "From" lines in the middle of  

No doubt, you've now broken every link anyone had ever made into the  
python-dev archives, because now all the article numbers are  
different. BTDT...unfortunately... Pipermail really is quite crappy,  

Anyhow, when I did that, I went back to a backup to get the original  
article numbers, and edited the mbox file escaping From lines or  
adding additional empty messages until the newly regenerated article  
numbers matched the originals. I'd highly recommend going through that  
painful process, since I suspect a *lot* of people have links to the  
python-dev archive. Hope you have a backup (or can find caches on  
google or archive.org or something).


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