[Mailman-Users] Questions on 'List Renaming' & Misc.
msapiro at value.net
Fri Aug 26 06:41:57 CEST 2005
Joe Espinoza wrote:
>Regarding an earlier question on changing the headers;
>I guess something similar can be achieved by;
>- Changing the name of the list, to something less obvious
>- Enabling the 'Moderated' option for all users by default, so that
>way anyone that attempts to post to the list...will not be able to. It
>will sit in queue instead and wait for me to release it
>Does this sound ok? Is there a better way to achieve something like
>this? What are your thoughts?
It seems you want an "announcement" list. In that case, moderating
everyone is the way to go. See
for more info.
>Also, can I easily "change the name of the list" from the Mailman UI
>or do I have to
>create a new one?
No. You can't change the name of a list from the Mailman web UI. If you
have sufficient access to the Mailman installation, you can change the
name of a list as follows. Note that I've never actually done this, so
there may be gotchas somewhere that I haven't thought of.
Change the name of the lists/listname directory.
Change the real_name attribute on the list's General options page to
match the new neme except perhaps for case.
Change the name of the archives/private/listname directory.
Change the name of the archives/private/listname.mbox directory.
Change the name of the archives/private/listname.mbox/listname.mbox
If there are public archives change the name and target of the
Rebuild the archives with bin/arch.
It might be easer to create a new list.
>One more thing, since I'm still a big n00be on email related stuff;
>What are the advantages of setting up a mailing list such as this,
>instead of copying and pasting tons of email addresses in the 'bcc'
>I've noticed that when I have done the 'copy & paste' method, I get
>delivery failures/bounce messages, because I'm sending to way too many
>recipients. Is this one way how a mailing list provides a greater
>advantage? Just sending to one email address instead of many?
Again, it seems you're thinking of an "announcement" list since a Bcc
list doesn't work for a discussion list and a Cc list has privacy
A big advantage of a mail list manager vs. a Bcc list is the one you
note. A properly installed and configured mail list manager interacts
with its MTA in a way that insures that the mail will be sent to all
list members even if this is thousands or tens of thousands of
recipients. A Bcc list is subject to whatever limitation you might
encounter in the number of recipients that can be specified for a
single SMTP transaction. The Bcc is also cumbersome to manage and
Also, the mail list manager can provide other services such as
subscription management, automated bounce processing, etc.
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