[Mailman-Users] Accessing commands from PHP

John Locke mail at freelock.com
Sat Jun 22 23:08:05 CEST 2002


I'm doing some web application development using PHP/MySQL, and am looking
for a programmatic way of checking to see if a user is already subscribed
to a Mailman list.

I'm using a hosting company that has Mailman 2.1 installed in a Virtual
Hosting environment, and they pointed me to the list.org pages.

I'd like to use the find_member command, but am having trouble. I've
located it on the file system, and when I execute it using backticks, I
can get the help message, but I can't actually get any results when I run
it against a username.

Here's my command:

$output = `cd /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/bin; ls -l; ./find_member
--help; ./find_member mail at freelock.com`;	echo "<pre>$output</pre>";

.... and here's the output:
<begin quote>

total 144
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      6620 Jun 21 01:09 add_members
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      3838 Jun 21 01:09 arch
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      2462 Jun 21 01:09 check_db
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      8964 Jun 21 01:09 check_perms
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      7123 Jun 21 01:09 clone_member
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      8090 Jun 21 01:09 config_list
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      4474 Jun 21 01:09 digest_arch
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      1282 Jun 21 01:09 dumpdb
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      4915 Jun 21 01:09 find_member
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      2957 Jun 21 01:09 list_lists
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      3519 Jun 21 01:09 list_members
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      2386 Jun 21 01:09 mmsitepass
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      2440 Jun 21 01:09 move_list
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      6983 Jun 21 01:09 newlist
-rw-r--r--    1 mailman  mailman      1552 Jun 21 01:09 paths.py
-rw-r--r--    1 mailman  mailman       276 Jun 21 01:09 paths.pyc
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      3051 Jun 21 01:09 remove_members
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      2952 Jun 21 01:09 rmlist
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      8234 Jun 21 01:09 sync_members
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman     12809 Jun 21 01:09 update
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman       925 Jun 21 01:09 version
-rwxr-xr-x    1 mailman  mailman      6245 Jun 21 01:09 withlist
Find all lists that a member's address is on.

    find_member [options] regex [regex [...]]

    -l listname
        Include only the named list in the search.

    -x listname
        Exclude the named list from the search.

        Search list owners as well as members.

        Print this help message and exit.

        A Python regular expression to match against.

The interaction between -l and -x is as follows.  If any -l option is given
then only the named list will be included in the search.  If any -x option is
given but no -l option is given, then all lists will be search except those
specifically excluded.

Regular expression syntax is Perl5-like, using the Python re module. 
Completespecifications are at:


Address matches are case-insensitive, but case-preserved addresses are

<end quote>

mail at freelock.com is subscribed to lists, but whatever I run, I get no
response (list_lists, list_members <listname>).

I'm sure the command is being run as the web server (nobody:nobody). I'm
guessing this is a permissions issue. What permissions do I need/how can I
get responses to these commands, in this environment?

John Locke

More information about the Mailman-Users mailing list