[Mailman-Users] Re: Mailman-Users digest, Vol 1 #1425 - 4 msgs

Gareth Swarbrick rageth at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 4 05:18:46 CEST 2001

I was reading this post with interest at yet another solution to the 
problem that many of us seem to face:
* We want to exclude posters to those in the list and a set of 'other' users
* We need to do this in a manageable way and minimise errors

This sounds like a good alternative presented by Brent - ie subscribe 
the 'other' users as silent members to automatically include them in 
the list. Idealy I have been waiting for a regexp in the 'Addresses 
of members accepted for posting to this list without implicit 
approval requirement' options but in the meantime have implement my 
own solution. I thought I might share it with the group and it's 
still probably the best for us at present.

I manage 116 lists at our School - one for every subject and some 
extra lists for staff. All staff needs to be able to post but I want 
to keep the lists closed to outsiders. My solution was to write a 
'reconfig' script to go through all posts and change a configuration 
option. It's very simple and looks like this:
# output 'listname : owner' for all lists
if (($1 == "") || (! -e {$1:r}.conf)) then
     echo "Reconfigures all lists according to file.conf"
     echo "Usage: reconfig file.conf"
     foreach i (~mailman/lists/*)
         set this=`basename $i`
         echo "Changing configuration for list: $this"
         ~mailman/bin/config_list -i ${1:r}.conf $this

it is given a .conf file which contains the reconfiguration option. 
In my case a list of posters, posters.conf, who can post to the list. 
I add a poster to poster.conf then run the reconfig script. This 
makes general changes to all scripts fairly painless, as long as you 
know the configuration keyword and format. The only drawback is that 
at present I have to go back to any lists that are open and remove 
the posters, otherwise *only* these posters can post to these lists...


>Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2001 17:30:54 -0500 (CDT)
>From: "Brent J. Nordquist" <brent-nordquist at bethel.edu>
>Reply-To: "Brent J. Nordquist" <brent-nordquist at bethel.edu>
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>Subject: [Mailman-Users] Patch: list_members/sync_members and 
>nomail/hide options
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>Inspired by nomail.py by Dan Mick <dmick at utopia.West.Sun.COM>, I've made
>some patches to 2.0.6 (attached) that allow list_members and sync_members
>to deal with the "nomail" and "hide" options (using a new -N flag).  This
>is to allow me to add multiple addresses for each user, with all but one
>set to "nomail+hide", to solve the only-members-can-post problem.
>I want to emphasise that this is pretty much a hack.  I've been coding in
>Python for (/me checks watch) about 2 1/2 hours now <grin> but this seems
>to do what I needed, so I'm offering it in case others find it helpful.
>Brent J. Nordquist <brent-nordquist at bethel.edu> N0BJN
>Yahoo!: Brent_Nordquist / AIM: BrentJNordquist / ICQ: 76158942
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