[Mailman-Users] Dynamic subscriber lists

Brad Knowles brad.knowles at skynet.be
Mon Feb 2 21:16:53 CET 2004

At 12:09 PM -0600 2004/02/02, Chris Barnes wrote:

>  This is a repost of a question I asked last week.  NOBODY replied - even
>  just to say "can't be done".

	Speaking only for myself, if I am silent on an advanced technical 
issue, that usually means that I have no clue how the problem might 
be solved.

>  I am considering using a real MLM to manage the mailling lists we use
>  within our department.   However, one of the requirement for this is
>  that the product must be able to get is subscriber list from our LDAP
>  (OpenLDAP 3) information store.
>  For example, in LDAP there is an attribute for each user that tells us
>  whether they are "faculty", "staff", "grad", or "undergrad"  (there are
>  others, but this works for the example).
>  I need a MLM that can make an LDAP query and get all of the "faculty",
>  then send the message out.  It needs to do this for EVERY message for
>  that list.

	I'm quite certain that the current version of Mailman does not 
support alternative back-end databases, whether SQL or LDAP or 
whatever.  I do not know of any mailing list package that can use 
LDAP as a back-end, although there are some that can use SQL (e.g., 
Lyris, which is an expensive commercial package).

Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles at skynet.be>

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