[Mailman-Users] Umbrella lists

Allan Trick atrick at prin.edu
Wed Oct 15 17:22:03 CEST 2003


I've read in the mail archive about some problems people have had creating 
umbrella lists.  So I wanted to just check and make sure I'm doing this the 
right way before I make a mess on my own server!

I work at a school and I have a list of parents at each grade level for the 
teachers to use.  The principal now wants to send out a message to all 
parents, and while he could do it by mailing each of the lists separately, 
an umbrella list seems like the way he can mail just one address and all 
the lists would get mailed.  FAQ entry 3.5 talks about some aspects of 
this, but is the basic process this:

1.  Use ./newlist to make the umbrella list.
2.  Add new list info to /etc/aliases; run newaliases.
3.  Add as members of the list the names of the other lists that need to be 
mailed when this umbrella name is sent to.

I've read how some suggest using a script to sync members, but at this 
point I don't really care if people receive duplicate messages because 
they're on more than one of those sublists.

Will there be any confusion among the users other than those duplicate 
messages they may get?  I don't send out password reminders.



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