[Mailman-Users] Understanding Bounces

Mark Pallo mpallo at rhinopit.com
Wed Oct 6 00:34:04 CEST 2004

I too have been confused about the whole bounce process.  When I was with
Majordomo I got these all the time.  I want to see emails that go to the
list and are returned for reasons such as "mailbox is full", or "user
unknown" etc.  I have the following menu iten under Bounce Processing set to

Should Mailman perform automatic bounce processing? 
(Details for bounce_processing) NO

Why do I not get these emails.  Am I missing something?

Jim Tittsler wrote: 

> On Oct 5, 2004, at 04:24, Bill Moseley wrote:
>> I run a few lists where it's important to know that the message was
>> delivered to everyone on the list.  So, although I'd like mailmain to
>> continue to manage bounces, I'd also like to get a notification of
>> every bounce. [...]
>> I'm not 100% clear on the Bounces options.  If I disable the first
>> item: "Try to figure out error messages automatically?"  That turns
>> off all bounce handling, right? 
>> If I disable that will *all* the admins see every bounce?
> Yes.  The admin(s) will see each bounce, just as they see the ones now
> that the bounce processor doesn't know how to understand.  But that
> also stops Mailman from managing the bounces.
>> Or can I set:
>>   Minimum number of posts to the list since members first bounce
>>   before we consider removing them from the list
>> to the number 1 and get notification on the first bounce?
> I don't think that will achieve your goal because of the way it
> interacts with minimum_removal_date which tries to protect against
> disabling someone if their mailserver has a bad day.
>> Is there a way to see the status of bounces that mailmain is managing
>> for a given list?
> How about adding yourself to the list-admin alias so that both you and
> Mailman got a copy of the raw bounce?
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