[Mailman-Developers] Re: mailman and voting (fwd)
Sat Nov 16 07:32:11 2002
Excuse me. I didn't realize that reply-to's didn't go to the whole list.
Now I realize.
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Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 16:32:02 -0800 (PST)
From: Marilyn Davis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: David Champion <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: mailman and voting
On Thu, 14 Nov 2002, David Champion wrote:
> I probably can't help much with the problem, but something in your
> message really grabbed at my lapels.
My message is a week old. Because I'm new here, I was quarantined, I
My panic has worn off, she says, smoothing your lapels. Thank you for
you concern and your thoughts.
> * On 2002.11.06, in <Pine.LNX.firstname.lastname@example.org>,
> * "Marilyn Davis" <email@example.com> wrote:
> > I'm in a sudden panic because I've been running it with majordomo and
> > that's old stuff. The Linux Journal wants to run an article about
> > eVote/Clerk but they want it to be running with Mailman. My deadline
> > is in a few weeks.
> Do I understand correctly that Linux Journal is pressuring you to adapt
> your software to use another component, one that they favor over the one
> you're using? It sounds like LJ is pushing an agenda of some kind, and
> using publication as the enticement to leverage their favoritism. That
> makes me most wary of Linux Journal.
I think his agenda is to please his readers and he thinks they won't
like reading about majordomo. He's right. I've been wishing for a
mailman interface for years but I don't really have the resources to
But the Linux Journal carrot has got me moving. Let's hope he really
publishes my article after all this.
> Hmm -- as I've been writing, I've also been thinking about your problem.
> If I understood, you essentially need a mechanism for diverting the
> messages containing "eVote". Since (in most cases) Mailman works via
> mail aliases, just like Majordomo, it seems you could do this with a
> front-end wrapper around the Mailman script. If your Majordomo works the
> same way, it might even be the same script, mostly.
> Here are some aliases set up for a test list on my server, so you can
> see what it looks like:
> testlist: "|/opt/pkgs/mailman/mail/wrapper post testlist"
> testlist-admin: "|/opt/pkgs/mailman/mail/wrapper mailowner testlist"
> testlist-request: "|/opt/pkgs/mailman/mail/wrapper mailcmd testlist"
> owner-testlist: testlist-admin
> testlist-owner: testlist-admin
You're right. I have modified mailman's wrapper to also exec to
eVote_insert and eVote_petition.
I have added a little bit in MailList.py so that eVote is sent
notification of the addition and subtraction of members. I am using
withlist to check the admin password and to find a list of members for
It's turning out to be pretty fun because the mailman code is so nice
and I love Python.
I guess, when it's all done, and the holidays are over, I'll see about
incorporating my changes into the sources at sourceforge, if anyone
Thank you again.
> -D. firstname.lastname@example.org NSIT University of Chicago
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