[volunteers] List server problem
rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Nov 10 20:17:09 PST 2008
Quoting Peter Belew (abcruzww at gmail.com):
> it looks like the list server for SMAUG isn't functioning properly - a
> couple of folks have gotten blank emails from the meeting announcement
> I sent out earlier today.
Am I correctly guessing that this is a serious problem report, despite
Suggestion: When you're making such requests for help, you really do
need to include a copy of the posting in question, with full headers.
Otherwise, you're asking a sysadmin to conduct a broad search for
something that's not properly described.
You aren't actually even specifying the posting address you used. I'm
left to infer that you _probably_ mean abcruzww at gmail.com. It's a bad
sign when the person you're asking to help you needs to guess what
you're asking about. You're also not (even) specifying the timestamp,
so again I have to guess the approximate timespan within "earlier
today", and conduct a broader search than if I could just grep for a
timestamp -- all of which would have been unnecessary if you'd just
lobbed a copy of the post.
/var/local/mailman/logs/post shows the most recent (fully processed) post
from abcruzww at gmail.com being the one on the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 3.
This one: http://lists.svlug.org/archives/smaug/2008q4/001974.html
That same logfile shows other postings after Nov. 3, as recently as
Saturday, Nov. 8. But nothing after Saturday, which is a little fishy.
/var/log/exim4/mainlog shows the Exim4 MTA handing off a posting from
you to the Smaug mailing list at 6:12PM tonight:
2008-11-10 18:12:35 1Kzijh-0002FT-Km SA: Action: scanned but message
isn't spam: score=-2.3 required=5.0 (scanned in 26/26 secs | Message-Id: 353ac460811101812h6bec0819m1f0d8fbfb780675f at mail.gmail.com). From <abcruzww at gmail.com> (host=rv-ou t-0708.google.com [18.104.22.168]) for smaug at lists.svlug.org
2008-11-10 18:12:35 1Kzijh-0002FT-Km <= abcruzww at gmail.com H=rv-out-0708.google.com [22.214.171.124]:26857 I=[126.96.36.199]:25 P=esmtp S=2751 id=353ac460811101812h6bec0819m1f0d8fbfb780675f at mail.gmail.com T="Meeting tonight at 7" from <abcruzww at gmail.com> for smaug at lists.svlug.org
2008-11-10 18:12:35 cwd=/var/spool/exim4 3 args: /usr/sbin/exim4 -Mc 1Kzijh-0002FT-Km
2008-11-10 18:12:37 1Kzijh-0002FT-Km => smaug <smaug at lists.svlug.org> F=<abcruzw
w at gmail.com> R=mm21_main_director T=mm21_transport S=2801
So, it does seem as if your mail is being properly received by the MTA
and handed off to Mailman (the mailing list manager = MLM), but the
latter has been for some reason choking since Saturday.
Checking to see if Mailman's queue running is running:
# ps auxw | grep qrunner
mailman 1274 0.0 0.3 7192 1896 ? S Jun19 0:16 /usr/bin/python /var/local/mailman/bin/qrunner --runner=RetryRunner:0:1 -s
mailman 12571 0.0 1.1 8836 5776 ? S Nov04 2:45 /usr/bin/python /var/local/mailman/bin/qrunner --runner=VirginRunner:0:1 -s
mailman 24491 0.0 0.4 7084 2232 ? S Nov09 0:31 /usr/bin/python /var/local/mailman/bin/qrunner --runner=ArchRunner:0:1 -s
mailman 30065 0.0 0.4 7172 2392 ? S Nov09 0:20 /usr/bin/python /var/local/mailman/bin/qrunner --runner=NewsRunner:0:1 -s
mailman 30066 0.0 0.6 7228 3364 ? S Nov09 0:19 /usr/bin/python /var/local/mailman/bin/qrunner --runner=CommandRunner:0:1 -s
mailman 30084 0.0 0.9 7916 4964 ? S Nov09 0:29 /usr/bin/python /var/local/mailman/bin/qrunner --runner=OutgoingRunner:0:1 -s
root 9285 0.0 0.1 1852 956 pts/0 S 19:43 0:00 grep qrunner
So: Yes. But, on speculation, let's just try restarting the sucker:
# /etc/init.d/mailman stop
[Wait a while.]
# ps auxw | grep qrunner
root 9294 0.0 0.1 1824 928 pts/0 S 19:45 0:00 grep qrunner
# /etc/init.d/mailman start
# tail -f post
[shows postings slowly spooling out]
OK, that seems to have cleared the logjam.
Thanks for the heads-up. Please, next time, _do_ send a copy of the
post with fully headers.
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