[Mailman-Users] Using domain name alias in "From" address for list
brad at stop.mail-abuse.org
Thu Oct 21 21:46:05 CEST 2004
At 2:10 PM -0500 2004-10-21, Wally Hartshorn wrote:
> Everything looks about ready to go except that the address that appears
> in the "From" line from is the real name of the machine rather than the
> alias. In other words, the real machine name might be
> uglyrealname.domain.com, which has a DNS alias of
When you say "alias" you mean this is done via a CNAME record, right?
If so, then don't do that. The RFCs specify that any CNAME found
in a mail header has to be replaced with the canonical name that is
referenced by the alias, which results in precisely the kind of
problem you appear to be having. Try replacing the CNAME record with
an "A" record that refers to the same IP address.
> Is there any way I can change that, either through a config setting or
> by modifying the Python code?
Nope. This kind of thing is done at the MTA level, not within
Mailman. Moreover, while you might be able to configure your MTA to
violate this rule, you can't do the same for all the other MTAs in
the world, and once the name is changed the damage can't be un-done.
Change your DNS to remove the CNAME alias and replace that with
an "A" record which references the same IP address, and you should be
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