[Mailman-Users] Creating aliases as an unprivleged user . . .
hesco at greens.org
hesco at greens.org
Fri Aug 13 17:55:28 CEST 2004
Thank you sir. Our installation uses exim. Any models I can
work from for exim? And what about the permissions issue?
Will I have to bother root or accept the security risk of
creating a shell script which will run as root?
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 17:40:11 +0200
To: hesco at greens.org
From: Brad Knowles <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org>
Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] Creating aliases as an unprivleged
user . . .
Cc: mailman-users at python.org
At 6:50 AM +0000 2004-08-13, hesco at greens.org wrote:
> I, as an unprivleged user, and a member of the mailman group,
> am supposed to administer this installation. Hopefully without
> bothering our root user everytime we need to create another
> I'm expecting to have to create and delegate out about 150 or
> so lists in the next couple of weeks.
There are standard automatic alias generation tools for use with
postfix (see README.POSTFIX), and they have been adapted to work with
sendmail as well (see
If you use one of those two MTAs, then this should solve your problem.
> How can I automate the necessary interaction with mailman?
> Will mailman accept emailed commands like majordomo does?
Mailman has a limited e-mail interface. See
> Or can I somehow create a ssh tunnel to interact directly
> with the mailman server? Could I perhaps build a database of
> subscribe requests that the list server could interact with
> on a cron job? Are there other ways this might be accomplished?
Mailman is not well-suited to this kind of operation. If you
need to go this route, I think the best way would be to use remote
execution facilities to use the command-line tools (detailed at
Of course, you could use a variety of ways to get the information
from one system to the other, and to have the relevant commands
executed on your behalf.
Brad Knowles, <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org>
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