[Mailman-Users] [ANNOUNCE] Mailman 2.0 beta 2

Barry A. Warsaw bwarsaw at cnri.reston.va.us
Sat Apr 8 23:54:44 CEST 2000

I've just uploaded the Mailman 2.0 beta 2 tarball to the following


See the UPGRADING file for details on upgrading from 1.1 or 2.0beta1.
See the NEWS file for a complete description of changes for every
version; below is an excerpt for changes since 2.0beta1.

Barring any showstopping bugs, this will be the last release until I
finish my taxes. :)


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- Rewritten gate_news cron script which should be more efficient and
  avoid race and locking problems.  Each list now maintains its own
  watermark, and when you use the admin CGI script to turn on gating
  from Usenet->mail, an automatic mass catch up is done to avoid
  flooding the mailing list.  cron/gate_news's command line interface
  has also changed.  See its docstring for details.

- A new cron script called qrunner has been added to retry message
  deliveries that fail because of temporary smtpd problems.

- New command line script called bin/list_lists which does exactly
  that: lists all the mailing lists on the system (much like the
  listinfo CGI does).

- bin/withlist is now directly executable, however if you want to use
  python -i, you must still explicitly invoke it.  bin/withlist also
  now cleans up after itself by unlocking any locked lists.  It does
  NOT save any dirty lists though - you must do this explicitly.

- $prefix permissions (and all subdirs) must now be 02775.
  bin/check_perms has been updated to fix all the subdir permissions.

- "make update" (a.k.a. bin/update) is run automatically when you do a
  "make install"

- The CGI driver script now puts information about the Python
  environment into the logs/error file (but not the diagnostic web

- Bug fixes and some performance improvements

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