[Mailman-Users] regular expressions/wildcards in remove_members?

Adam Steer adam.steer at alia.org.au
Wed Aug 25 06:22:37 CEST 2004

Thanks Jim

tried that already, with abysmal failure. I couldn't generate a regular
expression that would work with 'withlist' either - some hand-editing of
the condig.db revealed that the address was malformed very badly -
interpreted about four different ways. Homage to Mailman's valiant
attempts to protect itself, but a nasty little surprise to boot.

So, I'm about to grab all I can from the list and regenerate it,
sans-bad-address. A big hammer, but the least-time-consuming option from

I suspect the address was added back in MM2.0 days, and nobody has
looked at the subscriber list using the admin interface for a few
months. Oddly enough, the roster available from /listinfo/ pages is
unaffected. It renders the address with a curly quote...

I'll see if anyone has added regular expressions in member-removal
functions to the wishlist.


Adam Steer
Web publishing officer
Australian Library and Information Association
adam.steer at alia.org.au http://alia.org.au
+61 2 6215 8234

>>> Jim Tittsler <jwt at onjapan.net> - 25/8/04 12:34 PM >>>

On Aug 24, 2004, at 15:21, Adam Steer wrote:

> I'm wondering if it is possible to use regular expressions in
> 'remove_members'. I have a subscriber who has a curly quote in their
> subscribed address - which has thrown the web membership management
> interface for the relevant list off the planet, and I haven't been
> to work around it any other way...
> The FAQ has an example with a comma - but curly quotes are another
> beast entirely....

No, bin/remove_members does not allow specifying subscribers with 
regular expressions.

You can use Mailman's bin/withlist to remove subscribers with 
ill-formed addresses.

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