[Mailman-Users] problem with list member's vacation script

Jon Carnes jonc at nc.rr.com
Sat Oct 12 17:41:39 CEST 2002

This is an age-old problem. Some folks use this as an argument to make
the default reply be the sender and not the list. That is one solution,
but not one I like...  

Really the best solution is to teach folks the proper way to setup a
vacation message.  Vacation messages should *only* respond to emails
where either the TO: or CC: of the message has the users email address
in it.

If folks violate this, then drop them off the list (or set them to

Good Luck - Jon Carnes

On Fri, 2002-10-11 at 10:18, linux_news at nextphere.com wrote:
> Hi,
> I manage a mailing list site with mailman, and I recently had the following 
> problem:
> Lets say I have a list called test at site.org with 3 members: m1 at foo.org, 
> m2 at foo.org and m3 at foo.org. m3 has its vacation script turned on. m1 sends an 
> email to test at site.org, so m2,m3 and m1 itself receive the email. m3's 
> vacation script replies to m1 and to test at site.org, so m1 gets 2 copies of 
> the reply (one directly and one through test at site.org), m2 gets a copy and m1 
> gets a copy of its own reply which in turn will be replied by its vacation 
> script and so on. So my mail server ends up sending a lot of useless emails.
> How can I stop this situation? 
> I know I can reject or hold emails based on some header pattern matching, but 
> I cannot do this on a case by case basis, not all vacation scripts behave the 
> same, so this is not a solution for my problem.
> I was thinking maybe there's a way to configure mailman so that if m1 sends 
> an email to test at site.org mailman will not send a copy of the email back to 
> m1 just because m1 is a list member.
> Also, is there a way to limit the number of postings each member is allowed 
> to sent per day?
> Thanks,
> -- 
> Gustavo M.
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