[Mailman-Users] Feature questions.
The List Server Administrator at UNH
listadm at metaphor.unh.edu
Wed Mar 17 19:25:15 CET 1999
Dear Mailman Users,
I am currently investigating migrating our mailing list services from
CREN ListProc to Mailman. I have a few specific questions which I was
unable to answer by looking at the FAQ or the list archives. Perhaps
someone on this list can help.
o What are the restrictions for the name of the list. I.e. how long
can the list name be and what characters are allowed -- or if it is
a shorter list, disallowed. :-)
BTW I am already aware that Mailman maps the name to lowercase -- a
Good Thing(tm) I would think.
o Is there a built-in user address alias facility? Is it available
server wide? On a list-by-list basis?
For example, we currently have 5 systems that all share the same
usernames and directories -- that is, a user may log into any of
these systems and get their home environment. Now on our current
ListProc server we are able to use a server-wide re-write rule such
that any mail from:
wfc at alberti.unh.edu
wfc at christa.unh.edu
wfc at hopper.unh.edu
will be changed to the generic:
wfc at cisunix.unh.edu
(There are historical reasons why this isn't already the return
address from these nodes, but in any case...)
This aliasing is done by the ListProc list server very early on in
*all* mail processing, so even if a person subscribes themselves
using one of these specific node names, the re-written address gets
save to the subscriber file instead.
Now this re-writing could be handled at the MTA level, but given
that Mailman also allows subscriptions via a web page, I would
think that this re-write needs to happen within the server's
arena instead to maintain consistency.
So, does this aliasing feature currently exist in Mailman? Or,
given Mailman's architecture, would it seem like a reasonable hack
for a programming literate site-admin to implement?
TIA for your time and help.
The List Server Admin
list.admin at unh.edu
(currently Bill Costa)
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