[Mailman-Developers] Need to reset passwords en masse, pls help

hesco at greens.org hesco at greens.org
Fri Dec 31 03:21:56 CET 2004

Holly:  This relates to addressing the password issue.  


Or should I say that YOUR timing is impeccable.

Do I only need to install that one new script?  Or would
I have to upgrade entirely to the cvs to make this happen?
I think we're running 2.1.5 on the relevant server.  Or 2.1.3.
Can't really remember.  

I handle all or pieces of four different mailman installations.
Thank you folks so much for a great product.  It has served
our work well.

-- Hugh

>From barry at python.org Thu Dec 30 22:56:22 2004
Subject: Re: [Mailman-Developers] Need to reset passwords en masse, pls help
From: Barry Warsaw <barry at python.org>
To: hesco at greens.org
Cc: mailman-developers at python.org

On Wed, 2004-12-29 at 00:46, Hugh Esco wrote:

> I have command line access as root in a BSD jail to this
> installation.
> I need to know:  is there anyway I can automate the resetting
> of every password for every subscriber on this installation,
> with the new password sent out in an email to the subscriber,
> and causing as little confusion and disruption as possible?

You're timing is impeccable!  I just checked in a script called
'reset_pw' which was based on a contribution by Florien Weimer.  This
script is intended to be run under bin/withlist and can be used to reset
the passwords for all the members of a list (or all members of all
lists, using withlist's -a option).

After you've reset the passwords, you'd want to run cron/mailpasswds
manually to send out new reminders containing the new passwords.

While the script has been checked into CVS, it hasn't undergone much
testing, so caveat emptor (read: make backups first!).  If you don't
have CVS access and can't wait until Mailman 2.1.6, look here:


but remember that the SourceForge CVS delay means the script isn't
visible yet.


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