Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen | 18 Sep 14:21 2014

Disk switcharoo

After procrastinating for half a year, I've decided it's too scary to
just swap out the old SSDs with the new, bigger ones.

So I've bought a new RAID controller and will be inserting that, and all
the SSDs, into a machine that has sufficient disk slots for that, and
copy over the spool.

It'll be more controlled, and downtime should be like half an hour
instead of a day.

The only machine that has sufficient number of slots is  It's currently being used as the MTA and as an
experimental search engine thing, I think.

It currently has the following disks:

/dev/sda7             2.0G  625M  1.3G  33% /tmp
/dev/sda8             7.9G  2.4G  5.1G  33% /var
/dev/sda9              12G  2.9G  8.4G  26% /usr
/dev/sda10             30G  4.1G   25G  15% /opt
/dev/sdb1             1.4T  747G  560G  58% /mirror
/dev/sdc1             1.4T  269G  1.1T  21% /index
/dev/sdd1             1.4T  1.1T  276G  79% /ispool

So four slots taken, and the mirror disks are too small.  So I'm going
to rip out those three 1.5TB disks and put in the five 1TB SSDs, and
also two new 4TB disks that can be used for search indexing and stuff.

(The machine has room for 8 disks.)

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rh_ | 17 Sep 04:33 2014

Does a SPAM report initiate a cancel <message-id>?

Looking though this list I thought the mechanism was to initiate a
cancel <message-id> when a spam report is made via the web interface.

Look at comp.editor.joe for example. I've made spam reports for the
spam but the spam remains when using nntp for that group. It's
not a client-side problem as I've cleared my cache.
JLuc | 14 Sep 19:44 2014

Search broken ?

(oups sorry for posting to wrong list)

it looks like the search pages are broken on

it should be on
like for example

maybe something needs to be fixed ?
or is there a workaround ?

積丹尼 Dan Jacobson | 9 Sep 08:57 2014

.../ 404 Not Found

Why is 404 Not Found
if "This feed ( is already
subscribed as ("?
I suppose this also means one can't read it via NNTP either.
Carlos Pita | 5 Sep 15:29 2014

Policy on gwene group renaming/deleting

Hi admins,

I would like to know which is the current policy regarding (well
intentioned) requests to remove/rename dated/wrong groups in gwene. It's
preferable for this policy to be well known, so that me and others won't
pointlessly post here wasting your time and diverting your attention.

Best regards
Carlos Pita | 4 Sep 15:07 2014

Please delete gwene group with wrong name

I mistakenly created with an url that is for
economics, not politics as the name implies. Could you please delete it?
Thank you very much, Carlos.
era | 29 Aug 11:26 2014

Yahoo Groups import tool recommendations?

There is an old thread from 2006 [1] which suggests yahoo2mbox but, like
most other tools I have looked at, they stopped working when Yahoo revamped
their groups and introduced the "Neo" interface.


The least abandoned one I could find was grabyahoogroup [2] which however
did not do anything useful for me -- the latest commit from August 2013
seemed promising, but when I tried it, it seemed to try to log in etc, but
didn't retrieve anything.

$ perl ./ --messages --username me --password xxx \
      --group reuterscorpora  --verbose
[INFO][ ][ ]Started: Fri Aug 29 12:08:22 2014
[INFO][reuterscorpora][ ]Redirected to:
[INFO][reuterscorpora][ ]Redirected to:
[FATAL][reuterscorpora][ ]This shouldn't happen - capabilities section
 missing ?
[INFO][ ][ ]Finished: Fri Aug 29 12:08:26 2014


I have done some manual scraping but the stuff I am able to download from
the web interface lacks some of the information from the email message
headers.  There is a separate headers view but reconstructing a valid
message from that and the scraped content seems painful and error-prone.

I realize that this is probably exactly how Yahoo likes for things to be,
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era | 29 Aug 10:55 2014

Import a group, email only?

The instructions at say to email Lars.  I'm
wondering if that is still the most up-to-date information, or if other
admins would also have the necessary privileges to import an archive for a


If this were my real .signature, it would suck less.  Well, perhaps not.
Steinar Bang | 25 Aug 09:11 2014

A note to Lars on the recent blockings

(Just a note to Lars to read on his next drive-by reading of this group)

With all the "please unblock me" messages recently, it may be time to
revisit the criteria for blocking gmane access,... or something...?

One such "something", could be giving people that seems to be real
people, and not spammers harvesting addresses, logins to
in some fashion? (ie. some fashion that keeps out the spammers, but
doesn't involve too much administration)
JBB | 25 Aug 05:31 2014

I think I'm blocked - read the FAQ, not sure what to do next started requesting credentials today.  It never did
previously.  My Thunderbird client keeps requesting username and password
for and it is affecting regular mail use.

After some research, I believe I did something stupid and got my IP blocked: 

I added a general Python discussion group yesterday and inadvertently
configured Thunderbird to get all the headers vs. the last 500.  There are
apparently 650k+ posts to the group over the years and I can imagine the
bandwidth I incurred. Bad move on my part.  My only defense is that it was
not malicious.

I read the FAQ and looked around but don't know how unblocking
works beyond requesting it here.  I tried to remove the group from my client
but can't get to it because of the server login. 


--- JBB
John Geoffrey | 24 Aug 23:04 2014

Unable to post to Yahoo Group

I noticed an issue when posting to, according to 
yahoo it is not possible to post because yahoo suspects a guidelines 
violation. Did anyone have experiences like this before?

We are unable to deliver the message from <gmkeros <at>>
to <frp-pbm <at>>.

Your email was not delivered due to a suspected guidelines violation. 
Please visit
If you feel you've gotten this email in error please visit the following 
link for more information