[Mailman-Users] Re: Removing those extra List-* headers
tneff at bigfoot.com
Tue Apr 9 00:12:28 CEST 2002
David <jebva at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Actually itis the only product that my host offers for mailing lists.
> It is a damn good program in all respects other than the programmers
> decision to force this on us and wrongfully cite it as following the
> standards. The standards make it optional not forced. Hell I like
> Mailman but just wisk they would change that and stop telling us things
> that are not true when we ask how to make it work the way we want.
Look, I completely agree with you about this major gotcha with Mailman,
that its otherwise terrifically brilliant coders happen to have some
ideological hobbyhorses they ride - there is no use arguing with them about
The good news is it's open source, so you can patch your installation as
needed. I was concerned to read you were unable to patch out the List-*:
behavior. What happened when you tried?
Here's a one-byte patch that does it. Assuming you're running Mailman
2.0.8/9, just edit the file
and look down at the bottom, where you see an area of code that looks like
# First we delete any pre-existing headers because the RFC permist only
# one copy of each, and we want to be sure it's ours.
for h, v in headers.items():
# Wrap these lines if they are too long. 78 character width
# shouldn't be hardcoded. The adding of 2 is for the colon-space
if len(h) + 2 + len(v) > 78:
v = string.join(string.split(v, ', '), ',\n\t')
msg[h] = v
Just change that very last line quoted above to say
#msg[h] = v
in other words, comment the line out. Save that file, rerun Mailman and
you should be all set.
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