[Mailman-Users] Creating New List via Web Interface

J C Lawrence claw at varesearch.com
Fri Sep 17 20:57:37 CEST 1999

On Fri, 17 Sep 1999 13:09:11 -0500 (CDT) 
Christopher Lindsey <lindsey at ncsa.uiuc.edu> wrote:

> One component is critical no matter what approach is taken...
> Mailman needs to have some sort of routine that checks against a
> file containing already existing addresses ( anything aliased or
> in /etc/passwd in most cases).

You can do this (somewhat) by trying a resolve on the MTA.

> I personally find it easier to create a new list on the
> commandline, but I'd rather punt the entire job (except for
> aliases) to the end user.  Otherwise I end up sending questions
> back and forth, etc...

How about the following approach:

  There is a web interface.

  It allows a list to be created and configured, but does not
instantiate the aliases or anything else to actually make it "live".

  At the end of the configuration/etc work, a "SUBMIT" button may be
hit which sends an email to the mailman-owner with the URL for the
list and the proposed aliases.  The mailman-owner than does whatever
he wants with it (eg hand edit the aliases into

The nice thing about this approach is that it removes all the
priviledged account problems, the "oh god someone hacked in and
is running a warez list without me noticing" problem, and further,
requires minimal changes to the current code (the admin interface
would need to be touched to not publish lists "in edit").

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