[Mailman-Users] How to stop sendmail from spewing messages one itstarts?
John W. Baxter
jwblist at loricamail.com
Fri Dec 9 05:00:16 CET 2005
On 12/8/05 6:12 PM, "Mark Sapiro" <msapiro at value.net> wrote:
> Paul Williams wrote:
>> 1). A user added a large number of subscribers by uploading
>> an Excel spreadsheet. Mailman accepted the file and
>> addresses appeared reasonable when viewed with IE but
>> not so good with mozilla (each alpha char was followed by
>> a box). I was able to remove the names using the
>> remove_members command by removing all members.
>> It seems that it might be a good check when importing a
>> list of users, for mailman to make sure it is a text file
>> so users don't mess things up inadvertantly.
> What Mailman version is this? Current Mailman (2.1.6) is pretty good
> about weeding out addresses with non-printable ascii characters. In
> particular, it won't accept whatever characters were displaying as a
Is Excel perhaps producing UTF-16?
>> 2). The second problem that developed is that the user has
>> set notification on subscribing to yes and so she and
>> her boss bere getting several thousand emails.
>> I finally had to completely delete the list.
>> Is there a better way to tell mailman to stop sending email
>> from a specific list? If that is possible, I have not
>> bumped into an explanation how mailman works so I would
>> be able to stop it sending emails.
> Mass subscribe allows subscribing with or without notifications
> regardless of list settings.
This is very much repairing the barn door after the horse is stolen, but for
such mass subscribes from previously-untested data, sending through a sample
of 10 or so addresses first isn't a bad idea.
--John (cheering from the sidelines)
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