[Mailman-Users] Creating New List via Web Interface

J C Lawrence claw at varesearch.com
Fri Sep 17 19:51:11 CEST 1999

On Fri, 17 Sep 1999 11:10:35 -0600 (MDT) 
Darren Boyd <dboyd at its.to> wrote:

> On Thu, 16 Sep 1999, J C Lawrence wrote:

>> It is wirth observing that creating and deleting lists via a web
>> interface is not entirely trivial.  For one it is inherently tied
>> to the MTA's aliases file, which, by crazy coincidence, is NOT

> It also presents an entire new set of security concerns.  With
> sendmail, updating the aliases file is not enough, you also *as
> root* have to run 'newaliases'.  Mailman's great as it doesn't run
> as root (or doesn't have to, anyway).  That is a great option.

True, tho this could be sidestpped by having a cronjob that
periodically checked the timestamp on the aliases file and then ran
newaliases (on any other command an MTA needed) as needed.  The web
interface would then mere contain something like, "Your new list has
been created and will become active (capable of receiving mail)
within the next NNN minutes."

Its certainly not an elegant solution.

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