[Mailman-Users] a policy question about setting up mailman

Brad Knowles brad.knowles at skynet.be
Fri Feb 27 19:48:18 CET 2004

At 12:36 PM -0500 2004/02/27, Robert P. J. Day wrote:

>    i can see that, when i'm configuring mailman, i'd set my
>  DEFAULT_URL_HOST to "lists.yoyodyne.com", since that's how i want everyone
>  to see the alleged mail host.  but what about DEFAULT_EMAIL_HOST?
>    if i set that to "lists.yoyodyne.com", that sort of violates the
>  longtime usage of not putting a specific hostname on the domain name when
>  mailing to an account at yoyodyne (as in, mailman at lists.yoyodyne.com).

	Unless you can control all of the aliases that are created on the 
central mail servers, so that mailman at example.com and 
listname at example.com get mapped to their appropriate 
mailman at lists.example.com and listname at lists.example.com, then you 
may have no other choice.

	Keep in mind that mailman creates something like a dozen 
different aliases for each list, one for each of the various 
functions (so there is a listname-subscribe at lists.example.com, 
listname-unsubscribe at lists.exaple.com, etc...).

>    but if i leave the hostname off, to get mailman at yoyodyne.com, i run the
>  risk of someone else at yoyodyne saying, "hey, mailing lists!  cool!  i
>  think i'll set some up as well", and clashing with my already-existing
>  mailman at yoyodyne.com address, even if they use a different URL.  sort of,
>  pooched if i do, pooched if i don't.


>    so what's the general solution?  or am i describing a situation that's a
>  bit weird that most people wouldn't run into?  a pointer to a URL would be
>  just ducky.

	How much control do you have over those central servers?  If you 
don't have any control over them, then the only solution will be to 
use the virtual hostname.

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

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