another bug

From: Craig A Summerhill <>
Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 21:18:39 -0400 (EDT)
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Kent et al.,

This problem has been around since version 1.02, but I forgot about it because it doesn't come up too often...

If you run Hypermail against an existing mailbox...

  hypermail -c <path/config> -m <path/mbox> -l "whatever" -d <path/target_dir>

and the mbox file that you are processing only has one message in it...

hypermail goes out and creates the HTMLed message (0000.html), but before the date, author, subject, and thread indexes are created it dumps core with this error:

   Floating exception (core dumped)

(Kent, I can provide you with a core dump, if you wish.)

Like I said, this doesn't come up too often. (Who ever wants to hypermail a mailbox with a single message in it?) However, I do have a couple of mailing lists setup that have only one message per month (an FAQ / newsletter) posted to them. Because of the way I have my scripts setup for automatically processing the list archives, the messages are stored in annual target directorys. Therefore, when January comes and the archives for the first month of a new year are processed, hypermail dumps core and my monthly newsletter is not accessible via the Web.

My fix for this, to date, has been to duplicate the first message in the January archive and then run hypermail by hand. I then go back in and edit it to remove all references to 0001.html from the index files.

Obviously, I'd love to get this fixed so I don't have to do that anymore.


   Craig A. Summerhill, Systems Coordinator and Program Officer
   Coalition for Networked Information
   21 Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C.   20036
   Internet:   AT&Tnet (202) 296-5098
Received on Sat 03 Oct 1998 03:27:23 AM GMT

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