[Mailman-Users] Running Mailman, webs server and mail transport on separate servers.

Greg Stein gstein at lyra.org
Thu Jan 21 04:45:32 CET 1999

John Morton wrote:
> ...
> We've got a collection of clients with virtual domain web sites hosted
> on both a Linux box and an NT box. Mailman (and the mail transport)
> reside on another machine.
> We want to be able to supply mailing list services to clients whose
> customized web interfaces appear to live under there domain
> (ie. http://site.on.the.NT.box/mailman/listinfo/theirlist) but all the
> action actually happens on the mail machine.
> My current guess is that this will require setting 'Host name this
> list prefers' and 'Base URL form Mailman web interface' options to the
> particular virtual domain, and setting up wrapper scripts on the web
> machine that pass the cgi arguments to the real cgi program on the
> mail machine via ssh. And a quick look at the Defaults.py shows that
> the SMTP server can be pointed to something other than localhost
> (though that's not an issue here).

I run a similar setup: the relevant machines are: three Linux boxes and
an NT box; one Linux box is the list machine, another Linux is the mail
exchanger, the third Linux box and the NT box are web servers. In my
case, I configure a new hostname: mailman.domain.com and set that to the
Base URL.

For example:

List is: pycom-dev
Host name: pythonpros.com
URL: http://mailman.pythonpros.com/mailman/

People send to pycom-dev at pythonpros.com. That mail is handled on the
mail exchanger box. Visiting www.pythonpros.com brings you to a
Linux-based web server. Mailman runs on mailman.pythonpros.com which is
on the third Linux box.

The NT box is a colocated box which runs some other domains' web sites.
Their mail and mailing lists are handled by the appropriate linux box.

Yah, seems like overkill on the number of machines, but then again:
they're mostly 486's with small memory; and I don't want to run a beta
Mailman on the mail exchanger (which is also primary DNS) since I've
seen earlier Mailman versions bumble the box.


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/

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