[Mailman-Users] Need mail merge capability
nb at thinkcoach.com
Thu Jun 7 13:41:41 CEST 2001
> Ah, let's try this FAQ entry:
> Q. Can I put the user's address in the footer that Mailman adds to
> each message?
> A. No. The reason is that, for efficiency, Mailman batches together
> message delivery for many users at once. Putting the user's
> address in the footer would require Mailman to craft a unique
> message for each recipient, and this would likely unacceptably bog
> down your system.
> Some MTAs (e.g. Qmail) provide a facility known as VERP, which may
VERP means "variable envelope return path", which is useful for
reliable bounce-handling. It is not the same thing as including
the recipient email address in the message header or body.
> be used to accomplish this. You'll need to investigate the
> configuration options of your MTA for details.
As a matter of fact, it is not possible with an unpatched,
out-of-the-box qmail installation. However there is a widely-used,
well-tested patch for qmail which makes this possible.
If you like I can put up a webpage which explains how to set
this so up that you can do something like Neil Cooler wants, who
> It would be really sweet to be able to put a link at the bottom of a
> posting like:
> To Unsubscribe, Click below:
Neil Cooler <ncooler at nandomedia.com> also asked:
> Can you do this with sendmail?
Based on my reading of sendmail source code (way back, before
I switched to qmail) I can tell you that because of the way in
which sendmail is desgined, there is no straightforward way to
hack this functionality into sendmail.
Norbert Bollow, Weidlistr.18, CH-8624 Gruet (near Zurich, Switzerland)
Tel +41 1 972 20 59 Fax +41 1 972 20 69 nb at freedevelopers.net
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