[Mailman-Users] Auto-Responses

Marc MERLIN marc_news at valinux.com
Sun Nov 11 08:16:39 CET 2001

On Tue, Nov 06, 2001 at 01:26:04PM -0500, Camille K. Powell wrote:
> Thanks, but I hope there's a better way.  I just switched from EZMLM to
> Mailmain and I never had this problem.  The auto-replies used to go to the
> person that posted the message, not to the list.

Actually both are wrong, auto-replies are supposed to go to the envelope
sender, which is the list admin address.

Ezmlm is much smarter than mailman for bounce processing since it uses VERP
and knows exactly which user bounced.

That said, unless  you have a list  that does reply to  munging (forcing the
reply-to to  the list),  auto responses  should never  ever reach  the list,
whether you're using ezmlm or mailman
If an auto-responder  is broken to the point that  it answers receipients in
the To/Cc fields, you can block the sender, but neither mailman or ezmlm can
do anything about it.

If you are using reply-to munging, that may be another reason to consider
not doing it (but the sending mail server is still at fault)

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