[Mailman-Users] Re: Retrieving moderator password

David Champion dgc at uchicago.edu
Thu Sep 21 17:52:45 CEST 2000

On 2000.09.21, in <MM.969549033.15287.solva at ifi.uio.no>,
	"Thomas Gramstad" <thomas at ifi.uio.no> wrote:
> Are you saying that:
> 1. What I have is "the site password" (whatever that means)
> 2. I can use this as a list password
> 3. I can also use it to create a list password which I then give
>    to him as his individual password (though I could also use it
>    as an admin password)

I don't know what password it is that you're speaking of, but your
Mailman installation has:

1. A site password that gives you access to any list or any individual
2. Admin ("moderator") passwords, one per list;
3. One password per user subscription.

If you installed the Mailman software, then the password you typed in
when you run mm_site_pass is the site password.

The word you type in when you create a list is the list ("admin" or
"moderator") password.

The word that is auto-generated when a person subscribes is their
subscriber password.

Now, you tell us what you have, and whether there's a problem.  I
suspect this is all a confusion of terminology.

> 1. I want him to be a co-moderator of ONE list, not all of them.

Give him that list's admin password.

> 2. I want to have the same admin password for all my lists, not
>    25 individual separate passwords, and that's what the system
>    is set up to give me.

When you speak of "my lists", are you talking about all the lists on
your server, or of all the lists that you created on some arbitrary
server?  If the former, then you're fine.  You keep the site password,
don't tell him, and you don't need to worry about the list admin
passwords.  I know about 2 list-admin passwords for the 600-odd lists I
have on my server, but I control them all through the site pass.

If the latter, then Mailman is not equipped for you at this time.

> 3. I want him to have his own password, not my password.

Not a problem.

 -D.	dgc at uchicago.edu	NSIT	University of Chicago

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