I've released Mailman 2.1 beta 4; see below for a list of changes
since version 2.1 beta 2. There have been tons of bug fixes, added
support for Swedish, and some minor new features.
Remember that discussions about version 2.1 are still preferred on
mailman-developers. It's also not a bad idea to follow the cvs
checkins if you're using 2.1b4. I plan on moving the remaining
Mailman discussion lists (mailman-users, mailman-announce,
mailman-i18n, mailman-docs, and mailman-checkins) over to the new
I'm also hoping that this will be the last beta release. I've gotten
tons of great feedback since 2.1b3, and there are still a bunch of
mostly minor bugs to fix, but it's great to see more and more people
testing and deploying the new version. I think we're getting really
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2.1 beta 4 (26-Oct-2002)
The usual assortment of bug fixes and language updates, some u/i
tweaks, as well as the following:
- Configuring / building / installing
o Tightened up some configure checks; it will now bark loudly
if you don't have the Python distutils package available
(some Linux distros only include distutils in their "devel"
o Mailman's username/group security assertions are now done by
symbolic name instead of numeric id. This provides a level
of indirection that makes it much easier to move or package
Mailman. --with-mail-gid and --with-cgi-gid are retained,
but they control the group names used instead.
- Command line scripts
o A new script, bin/transcheck that language teams can use to
check their .po files.
o bin/list_members grew a --fullnames/-f option to print the
full names along with the addresses.
o cron/senddigests grew --help/-h and --listname/-l options.
o bin/fix_url.py grew some command line options to support moving
a list to a specific virtual domain.
- Pipermail / archiving
o Reworked the directory layout for archive attachments to be
less susceptible to inode overload. Attachments are now
o Internationalization support in the archiver has been improved.
o New languages: Swedish.
- Mail handling
o Content filtering now has a pass_mime_type variable, which
is a whitelist of MIME types to allow in postings. See the
details of the variable in the Content Filtering category
for more information.
o If a member has enabled their DontReceiveDuplicates option,
we'll also strip their addresses from the Cc headers in the
copy of the message sent to the list. This helps keep the
Cc lines from growing astronomically.
o Bounce messages are now forwarded to the list administrators
both if they are unrecognized, and if no list member's
address could be extracted.
o Content filtering now has a filter_action variable which
controls what happens when a message matches the content
filter rules. The default is still to discard the message.
o When searching for an Approve/Approved header, the first
non-whitespace line of the body of the message is also
checked, if the body has a MIME type of text/plain.
o If a list is personalized, and the list's posting address is
not included in a Reply-To header, the posting address is
copied into a Cc header, otherwise there was no (easy) way a
recipient could reply back to the list.
o Added a MS Exchange bounce recognizer.
o New configuration variable news_moderation which allows the
mail->news gateway to properly post to moderated newsgroups.
o Messages sent to a list's owners now comes from the site
list to prevent mail loops when list owners or moderators
having bouncing addresses.
o mailanctl prevents runaway restarts by imposing a maximum
restart value (defaulting to 10) for restarting the
qrunners. If you hit this limit, do "mailmanctl stop"
followed by "mailmanctl start".
o The Membership Management page's search feature now includes
searching on members real names.
o The start of a manual for list administrators is given in
Python HOWTO format (LaTeX). It's in doc/mailman-admin.tex
but it still needs lots of fleshing out.
o More protections against creating a list with an invalid name.