Editing mailman archives


#1

A list member has sent (inadvertently) the same message multiple times to a Mailman discussion list. With over a megabyte of attachments each message. Sigh. I looked on the Mailman FAQ and found an ‘answer’ for removing messages from archives, but it is a classic non-answer from an ordinary user’s perspective. What am I to make of this:


Q. I want to get rid of some messages in my archive. How do I do this?
A. [helpful but optimistic person] posts the following recipe:

remove $prefix/archives/private/listname
edit $prefix/archives/private/listname.mbox/listname.mbox [optional]
run $prefix/bin/arch listname

I can use vi. Can I put that awesome power to use somehow? Other suggestions? :slight_smile:


#2

You’d have to ask us to do this for you, since you don’t have access to the raw mbox files. If you write support and tell them to pass it along to me, I will try to take care of this on Monday. Be sure to be specific about the date, author, and subject of the posts.


#3

Will do (heh). Thank you kindly, sir.