[Mailman-Users] Mass Subscribe With Invite: Command Line Option? (was Re: mass subscribe (was Mailman-Users Digest, Vol 8, Issue 76))

Joe Newton jnewton at valdosta.edu
Tue May 27 14:10:39 CEST 2003

Thank you Richard for pointing me towards the command line programs.

This is yet another reason we love Mailman.

My post last night was a bit hurried, so let me elaborate.

We are Using Mailman version: 2.1.2 on SunOS 5.9 Generic_112233-04 sun4u
sparc SUNW,Ultra-5_10.

I have looked at the add_members program and do not see an option to
allow the invite method.  Perhaps I should just test using a "-i" or
"--invite=<y|n>" option and see if it has been included as a function
but omitted from the --help doc.  :-)

Or perhaps there is another command line program that can help me?

As for using the web form to invite subscribers, I have increased the
timeout on the Apache server and that has improved functionality
somewhat, but not linearly as I had hoped.  So I have extended the
timeout value to something like 15 minutes and increased the batch
capable from 100 to as many as 400, alhough results are not consistent
and probably depend on other activities on this machine.

I have attempted to read the FAQs, documentation, and searched the
archives for this list and I hope I haven't asked a stupid question, but
am open and hopeful for any help or direction y'all can give me.

Joe Newton
Systems Support Specialist
Valdosta State University
jnewton at valdosta.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Barrett [mailto:r.barrett at openinfo.co.uk] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2003 7:37 AM
To: jnewton at valdosta.edu
Cc: mailman-users at python.org
Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] Re: mass subscribe (was Mailman-Users
Digest, Vol 8, Issue 76)

At 03:39 27/05/2003, jnewton at valdosta.edu wrote:
>We have just installed Mailman for use at our university and we love 
>the features of this program.  Kudos to all involved in making this 
>We do have a large list of 18,000 addresses, many of which are stale or
>We have attempted to use the web form to mass subscribe (invite) the 
>the form times out unless we use lists of 300 or less.
>Is there a way to fix this, say using a command line method.  I note 
>that the command line version appears to lack the invitation method.  
>Is there a way to effect this?

If you look in $prefix/bin/ you will find useful command line programs
add_members, sync_members etc. Run these commands with --help option to
their usage printed to stdout.

>Joe Newton
>Valdosta State University
>jnewton at valdosta.edu

Richard Barrett

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