[Mailman-Users] Change user settings through command line

Geoff Powell geoff at lanrex.com.au
Fri May 7 11:21:52 CEST 2004


Thankyou, the code you have put forward makes sense and is what I
wanted. After making a few small mods, it's now doing what I want. I
have also found some other good examples of 'withlist' usage which

One further question though :), the permissions on most of Mailman's
files on the system in /var/mailman are owned by root with gid of
mailman, mask 0744. My question is, if I do not want to run my scripts
as root, is it fine for me to modify the permissions on these files, or
is this likely to cause unexpected results for the web front end/system
python scripts? Even if I add users to the mailman group, they are
unlikely to have full access to the mailman databases etc.

Thanks & Regards


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Tittsler [mailto:jwt at onjapan.net] 
> Sent: Friday, 7 May 2004 12:57 PM
> To: Geoff Powell
> Cc: mailman-users at python.org
> Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] Change user settings through command line
> On May 6, 2004, at 17:25, Geoff Powell wrote:
> > Is it possible with Mailman 2.1.4-1 to change user settings from a 
> > command line tool? For example set nomail to 1 for a user 
> on a mailing 
> > list? I looked in the bin directory and none of the 
> utilities appear 
> > to be designed to do this, does anyone have any suggestions?
> You can do this sort of thing with 'withlist'.
> $ bin/withlist -l -i mylist 
> m.setDeliveryStatus('user at domain.com', MailList.MemberAdaptor.BYADMIN)
> m.Save()
> {ctrl-D}
> If this is the sort of thing you are going to do often, you should 
> create a little Python script to remember the messy bits and 
> save some 
> typing.  You could create  a file called nomail.py containing:
> from Mailman.Errors import NotAMemberError
> from Mailman.MemberAdaptor import BYADMIN
> def nomail(m, addr):
>      try:
>          m.setDeliveryStatus(addr, BYADMIN)
>          m.Save()
>      except NotAMemberError:
>          print 'No address matched:', addr
> Then to disable someone, do (either explicitly or with a script or 
> alias):
> $ bin/withlist -l -r nomail mylist user at domain.com
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