Re: [hypermail] file numbering started anew

From: Tobias Weber <>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 18:11:07 +0100
Message-ID: <>

10.11.2003 19:20 Uhr Peter C. McCluskey wrote:

> (Tobias Weber) writes:

>> But now the mbox is so big that it takes minutes to parse everything and add
>> new messages to the archive.
>> So I cropped the first few MB off the file and ran hypermail again. It
>> should not have done anything. What it did was write all messages still in

> Hypermail was never designed to handle this kind of usage, and I'm not
> sure how hard it would be to handle it well. If you change the mbox in
> any way other than appending to it, you need to rebuild the archive from
> scratch.


> You should have gotten this warning:
> fprintf(stderr, "Warning: first message in mailbox does not " "match first
> message in archive\n" "or obsolete gdbm file present.\n");

Missed that, probably scrolled off the screen as status was echoed.

Thanks for the frank answer. Seems I'll have to find a way to split the archive without breaking any links, especially from the outside.

  Tobias Weber
Received on Tue 11 Nov 2003 05:21:31 PM GMT

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