[Mailman-Users] Setting up read-only list

Scott Russell scottrus at raleigh.ibm.com
Thu Mar 2 20:59:08 CET 2000

> 1. How can Mailman be configured for a read-only list?  Only want list
> owner/admin to post messages - as in a newsletter type mailing

Yes. Set the "Posting restricted to list members" option to "No" and the 
"Are there implicityl approved people" option to "Yes" then provide a list
of approved email addresses for posting. Also, it would be a good idea to
have the default reply go to the 'Poster', again an option to set. That way
it takes a bit more effort if people try to reply to the list instead of the

> 2. Is there still no way to disable the user password req upon
> subscription?  Or is there any "recommended" way of having a password
> assigned by Mailman?  Bottom line is that we want subscribers to only
> have to enter their email address.  Nothing more.

You can create your own subscription form that generates an email to the 
yourlist-request@ address. In this email you can give a subscription command
w/o a password option. Mailman will then automatically generate a password
for the user. Also, turn off the montly password reminders. Downside is to
unsubscribe they'll need that password or they mailman-owner password, which
you *don't* want to give out. 

Along the same lines, instead of using cgi -> email for membership subs/unsubs 
you can try to have your cgi call the approprate /usr/home/mailman/bin tool
to subscribe/unsubscribe members. Again, this involves custom forms/cgis on 
your part.

Beware, I've tried neither of these two idea but it seems reasonable something
like this could be hacked together.

 Scott Russell (scottrus at raleigh.ibm.com)
 Linux Technology Center, System Admin
 Red Hat Certified Engineer

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