[Mailman-Users] Administration Via email

jfesler at gigo.com jfesler at gigo.com
Wed Nov 10 20:34:02 CET 1999

> I was wondering if administration must be done via the web or can
> administration be done via an email interface.
> We have a user who wishes a digest list creating for disabled & handicapped
> users  and an email based administrative tool would be useful.
> if anyone knows how to achieve this, I'd appreciate the info.
> regards

Much of it can be done by email.   Here is a sample from one of the 
lists I run, after emailing gigo-request at gigo.com with a message body 
of simply "help".

***** help
Help for Gigo mailing list:

This is email command help for version 1.1 of the "Mailman" list
manager.  The following describes commands you can send to get
information about and control your subscription to Mailman lists at
this site.  A command can be in the subject line or in the body of the

Note that much of the following can also be accomplished via the World
Wide Web, at:


In particular, you can use the Web site to have your password sent to
your delivery address.

List specific commands (subscribe, who, etc) should be sent to the
*-request address for the particular list, e.g. for the 'mailman'
list, use 'mailman-request at ...'.

About the descriptions - words in "<>"s signify REQUIRED items and
words in "[]" denote OPTIONAL items.  Do not include the "<>"s or
"[]"s when you use the commands.

The following commands are valid:

    subscribe [password] [digest-option] [address=<address>]
        Subscribe to the mailing list.  Your password must be given to
        unsubscribe or change your options.  When you subscribe to the
        list, you'll be reminded of your password periodically.
        'digest-option' may be either: 'nodigest' or 'digest' (no
        quotes!)  If you wish to subscribe an address other than the
        address you send this request from, you may specify
        "address=<email address>" (no brackets around the email
        address, no quotes!)

    unsubscribe <password> [address]
        Unsubscribe from the mailing list.  Your password must match
        the one you gave when you subscribed.  If you are trying to
        unsubscribe from a different address than the one you
        from, you may specify it in the 'address' field.

        See everyone who is on this mailing list.

        View the introductory information for this list.

        See what mailing lists are run by this Mailman server.

        This message.

    set <option> <on|off> <password> 
        Turn on or off list options.  Valid options are:

            Turn this on to receive acknowlegement mail when you send
            mail to the list.

            Receive mail from the list bundled together instead of one
            post at a time.

            Get plain-text, not MIME-compliant, digests (only if
            digest is set)

            Stop delivering mail.  Useful if you plan on taking a
            short vacation.

            Turn this on to NOT receive posts you send to the list.
            Does not work if digest is set.

            Conceals your address when people look at who is on this

        Show the current values of your list options.

    password <oldpassword> <newpassword> 
        Change your list password.
    end or --
       Stop processing commands (good to do if your mailer
       adds a signature file - it'll save you from a lot of cruft).

Commands should be sent to gigo-request at gigo.com

Questions and concerns for the attention of a person should be sent to

    gigo-admin at gigo.com

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