[Mailman-Users] Email posts get posted to the wrong list!

Richard Barrett r.barrett at openinfo.co.uk
Fri Aug 15 00:35:30 CEST 2003

On Thursday, August 14, 2003, at 10:24  pm, William Knechtel wrote:

> Hello All!
> I'm trying to set up Mailman 2.1.2 on a FreeBSD 4.6 server.  I'm using
> courier-MTA as my mail server software. I've gone through the install
> procedure, and set up the prescribed umbrealla list called "mailman",

Why do you refer to the 'mailman' list as an umbrella list? This term 
has a specific meaning for Mailman lists being that for a list whose 
members are other lists.

> and set up a test list, which I'm calling "all".  When I sent a message
> to all at psi-np.org, it's not actually posting to that list, it's posting
> to mailman at psi-np.org! Now, I've redone the install process (twice),
> I've verified that the aliases I'm giving courier are correct,

Without wishing to be argumentative, if the Mailman mail delivery 
wrapper is called correctly by the MTA then the mail will be accepted 
for and processed on behalf of the correct list. If it is getting to 
the wrong list then the Mailman mail delivery wrapper is not being 
called correctly and typically this is because the mail aliases are 

> and
> still, the post end up posting to the wrong list.  The "mailman" list
> respond to my attempts to post to "all" with:
> <snip>
> Your mail to 'Mailman' with the subject
>     Please Work
> Is being held until the list moderator can review it for approval.
> The reason it is being held:
>     Message has implicit destination

This will occur when mail is received by a list which does not find its 
email address in either the To: or Cc: header.

In your case, this tends to reinforce the view that the MTA, when 
delivering the message via Mailman's mail delivery script, is passing 
it to the wrong list. When the message is being processed by that list 
it finds it is not in the To: or Cc: header of the message; hence the 
error message.

This error can also occur when posting to a list which has another list 
as a member and the sublist does not see itself in the To: or Cc: 
header when the message is passed down to it.

> Either the message will get posted to the list, or you will receive
> notification of the moderator's decision.  If you would like to cancel
> this posting, please visit the following URL:
> </snip>
> I'm at a loss here.  Would someone be so kind as to point me in the
> right direction??  Thanks in advance!
> Kindest Regards,
> Bill
Richard Barrett                               http://www.openinfo.co.uk

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