Can I download Mailman’s raw archive (“.mbox”) file?
When you enable Mailman archives, Mailman stores all messages in a file called “listname.mbox” (where “listname” is the actual name of your list).
Although customers don’t have access to the live, up-to-the-minute copy of that file on our Mailman servers, our backup system makes daily backups of the file that you can download.
To download a copy of that file, follow the instructions on our backup page to create an FTP account that has access to the backups. After connecting with that account, you’ll find the file in this location: backups-tigertech > current > mailman > listname.mbox > listname.mbox.
What format is the mbox file in?
An mbox file is a standard format containing a text copy of one or more e-mail messages. It’s not specific to Mailman, or to our systems. Most e-mail import and export programs can work with mbox files and convert them to other formats.
Why doesn’t my list have an mbox file?
Mailman only creates an mbox file if you have list archives enabled using your Mailman settings administration page. If you don’t have that turned on, we don’t have any copy of old list messages, unfortunately.