[Mailman-Users] Mailman digest headers

Fred H Olson fholson at cohousing.org
Thu Aug 18 17:58:14 CEST 2005

I'd like to have a less verbose and more appropriate "masthead" on digest
messages for an announcement list.  The limited ability to do this in
Mailman was explained in an earlier message:

 Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] Moving "Today's Topics" to top of Digest?
 From: Mark Sapiro
 Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 

> This "subscribe" and "unsubscribe" information is built from the
> masthead.txt template which can be edited to shorten it (see
> http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/faqw-mm.py?req=show&file=faq04.048.htp),
> but the order - masthead.txt template, digest header if any, table of
> contents - is fixed in Mailman/Handlers/ToDigest.py

I wish the contents of masthead.txt (or similar) were the default in the
digest header so it could be edited. Footers have default text, why not
the digest_header ? Then if masthead.txt were eliminated, the default
would result in digests looking the same.

Is it possible to do this on a given installation now?  Is there a way to
change the default contents (at a given installation) of a string option
like digest_header ? If so, this change plus deleting the contents of
masthead.txt would result in what I'd like to see.

One of the parts of the masthead.txt (see example below) that is
inappropriate for announcement lists is "submissions" and "reply"
portions.  Ideally the defaults for the header would be conditional
depending on whether a list were an announcement list. BTW the it would be
nice if the Info page text related to post used a similar conditional.

---- Example of Mailman digest "masthead" ----

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---- END Example of Mailman digest "masthead" ----

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