[Mailman-Users] Umbrella lists

Jon Carnes jonc at nc.rr.com
Wed Oct 15 17:50:06 CEST 2003

Sounds like you will be fine! An umbrella list is meant for you.

Do test it out with some test lists first.  You'll need to alert the
sub-lists that they may get a message that says it's to <Master List
Name>, and the sub-lists will need to accept that message as though it
were sent directly to the list.  Beyond that, I don't think there are
any other gotcha's.

Good Luck - Jon Carnes
On Wed, 2003-10-15 at 11:22, Allan Trick wrote:
> Hi,
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Allan
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