[Mailman-Users] HELP - can't authorize posts - timeout error

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Fri Sep 24 22:26:37 CEST 2004

Timothy Hagan wrote:

>I am receiving the emails from Mailman telling me that, as 
>administrator, I need to authorize the delivery of a posting. It 
>includes a link (for my convenience) to access the admin web page and 
>approve the posting. However, my browser times out every time I try to 
>link to it. Is there something that could be wrong with my server? Is 
>there a way to approve this posting without going to the web?

Can you visit your list's administrative interface on the web at all
(at something like http://www.example.com/mailman/admin/listname)?

If so, can you follow the link to Tend to pending moderator requests?

In any case, there seems to be a problem in either your web server or
the link in the approval reminder? Without more information, It's hard
to tell what.

If you look carefully at the original notice that you get if
admin_immed_notify is set to Yes, it contains a separate message part
as follows:

Content-Type: message/rfc822
MIME-Version: 1.0

Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
Subject: confirm 1dd7b67319874179486bc3b4ed9b0d2a11722c96
Sender: test_2-request at example.com
From: test_2-request at example.com

If you reply to this message, keeping the Subject: header intact,
Mailman will discard the held message.  Do this if the message is
spam.  If you reply to this message and include an Approved: header
with the list password in it, the message will be approved for posting
to the list.  The Approved: header can also appear in the first line
of the body of the reply.

Note that the reply is to the sub-part message, not the whole message.
I.e. it goes to the listname-request address with Subject: confirm ...

If admin_immed_notify is set to No, then you can't approve or deny by
e-mail because you don't have the confirm ... token.

The admin_immed_notify setting is on the list's General Options page.

Mark Sapiro <msapiro at value.net>       The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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