[Mailman-Users] Changing the host name for a list after its been created.

Richard Barrett r.barrett at openinfo.co.uk
Sat Jul 3 14:24:23 CEST 2004


On 3 Jul 2004, at 13:03, Jolin M Warren wrote:

> Hello,
> I have recently installed Mailman 2.1.5c2 and am trying to get a feel 
> for how to use it. So sorry in advance if this is a basic question! I 
> have searched the 'mailman-users' list archives but can't find 
> anything that answers my question.
> When I created my first two lists (the 'mailman' site list and 
> another), I had the following settings in my 'mm_cfg.py' configuration 
> file (host names are examples only):
> DEFAULT_EMAIL_HOST = 'host1.mydom.ain'
> DEFAULT_URL_HOST = 'host1.mydom.ain'
> However, I subsequently decided to change the host name to use for the 
> list (both host names point to the same IP address). So I changed my 
> 'mm_cfg.py' file to contain the following:
> DEFAULT_EMAIL_HOST = 'host2.mydom.ain'
> DEFAULT_URL_HOST = 'host2.mydom.ain'
> Note that at this stage I also read the configuration instructions 
> more carefully and therefore included the 'add_virtualhost' command. I 
> have also gone to the list configuration pages for the first two lists 
> and changed the 'Host name this list prefers for email.' option to 
> point to 'host2.mydom.ain'.
> Here's the problem: These first two lists still think that the list 
> server is 'host1.mydom.ain'. Both the link in the web page footers and 
> links listed in emails point to: <http://host1.mydom.ain/mailman/...>. 
> (The email addresses all correctly use 'host2', though, including on 
> the web page footers.) This is the base URL given, for instance, in 
> 'help' emails sent from the listserver.
> If I create a new list now, the new list correctly uses 
> 'host2.mydom.ain' as the host name for all links (both web pages and 
> in emails).
> My question is, how to I update the first two lists to use 'host2'? If 
> I grep all of the files in the mailman directory, the only ones 
> containing 'host1' are a couple of HTML pages and the 'config.pck' and 
> 'config.pck.last' files for the first two lists. I can't find any 
> setting to change.
> Maybe the only way to update the host name is for me to delete the 
> first two lists and re-create them. If so, I have two questions:
> 1. Is there any problem with deleting the 'mailman' site-list while 
> 'mailmanctl' is running?
> 2. If I export the settings (using 'config_list -o') and exporting the 
> users from each list I am deleting and then re-import the settings and 
> users after creating new lists, will I create exact copies of the 
> lists? Or are there some other settings that need to be exported or 
> set manually after re-creating the lists?
> Thanks very much for any help you can provide.
> Cheers,
> Jolin

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