How can I remove a message from a mailing list archive?

Removing or editing messages in mailman archives is not for the faint-of-heart.

If you think you need a message removed or edited, consider:

  • the message was sent out to a mailing list; there are likely many other copies, not just in the canonical archive
  • if the list was a public list, the archive itself might already be mirrored elsewhere (including on search engines).
  • Removing or editing a message from the “official” list archive can create an impression that the archive is not reliable.

If, after review of the above points, you still think you really need a message removed or edited from a mailing list archive hosted by Critical Path, you should contact the Critical Path Help Desk at or 215-985-4448 x145 press option 2.  Remember that the ticket will be a public ticket; posting full details about what needs to be removed will likely compound whatever problem you’re trying to resolve. Post the ticket generically, and send details off-site to the person assigned to the ticket.


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