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I run a small hosting service with a number of mailman lists. I need to
move all the lists to a new server - list config, subscribers, subscriber
options, archives, the whole ball of wax for each list.

What's be best way to do this? I tried using config_list (-o on the source
end and -i on the receiving end) and list_members with various options but
this leaves individual members' options behind.

I note that each list has a file called config.pck associated with it in the
mutable data tree, and copying this from one server to the corresponding
location on the other _seems_ to copy pretty much everything except the list
archives. Is this an acceptable way to do such a move? What about moving
list archives? How is this best done?

I've googled around on the mailman site and elsewhere but can't seem to find
a definitive HOWTO on moving lists. I'm sure there must be one somewhere.
If anyone knows of such documentation, please point me to it.

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  • Brad Knowles at Feb 1, 2006 at 1:01 am

    At 6:50 PM -0600 2006-01-31, Lindsay Haisley wrote:

    I've googled around on the mailman site and elsewhere but can't seem to find
    a definitive HOWTO on moving lists. I'm sure there must be one somewhere.
    Did you search the Mailman FAQ Wizard at
    <http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/faqw-mm.py>?

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    temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

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    Assembly to the Governor, November 11, 1755

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  • Mark Sapiro at Feb 1, 2006 at 1:25 am

    Lindsay Haisley wrote:
    I run a small hosting service with a number of mailman lists. I need to
    move all the lists to a new server - list config, subscribers, subscriber
    options, archives, the whole ball of wax for each list.

    What's be best way to do this?
    This has been discussed many times on this list. See for example the
    entire thread at
    <http://mail.python.org/pipermail/mailman-users/2005-October/047233.html>
    which involves an upgrade from 2.0 to 2.1 as well.

    Basically you're on the right track - move config.pck files and the
    archives/ directory. If any domain/host names are changing see FAQ
    4.29, and as Brad suggests, there's other info in the FAQ too.

    --
    Mark Sapiro <msapiro at value.net> The highway is for gamblers,
    San Francisco Bay Area, California better use your sense - B. Dylan
  • Lindsay Haisley at Feb 1, 2006 at 1:51 am
    Thus spake Mark Sapiro on Tue, Jan 31, 2006 at 07:25:58PM CST
    Lindsay Haisley wrote:
    I run a small hosting service with a number of mailman lists. I need to
    move all the lists to a new server - list config, subscribers, subscriber
    options, archives, the whole ball of wax for each list.

    What's be best way to do this?
    This has been discussed many times on this list.
    Yep! So I see. I'm sure it's a common problem.
    See for example the
    entire thread at
    <http://mail.python.org/pipermail/mailman-users/2005-October/047233.html>
    which involves an upgrade from 2.0 to 2.1 as well.
    If I'd dug a little deeper I would probably have found the docs you
    reference. Thanks so much to both of you!!!
    Basically you're on the right track - move config.pck files and the
    archives/ directory. If any domain/host names are changing see FAQ
    4.29, and as Brad suggests, there's other info in the FAQ too.
    I'll check it out, but all should be well. I'm just re-vectoring DNS for
    each list and its associated website from the old server to the new.

    Again, many thanks for your quick responses! The references you cite have
    everything I need to do the job. Mailman versions are the same, so there's
    no file format conversion involved.

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    FMP Computer Services | creativity is like | available at
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    http://www.fmp.com | dandelions" |
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