[Mailman-Users] Changing reply-to address to non-subscriber on anannoouncement list?

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Fri May 20 18:39:52 CEST 2005

Paul Key wrote:
>Lecturers post to the list via one dedicated 'sender' account which is 
>not subscribed to the list but is allowed to post in 'sender privacy 
>When I send out mails to the list on behalf of the lecturer using the 
>'sender' account I want to change the reply-to address to the lecturer's 
>email address so students can contact them directly and not reply to the 
>'sender' account which isn't checked very often.
>However the message gets rejected because they cannot post to the list. 

I'm not sure what's going on here. You have to look at the actual
headers of the post that's going to the list. You should be able to
add any Reply-To: header you like without affecting the acceptance of
the post in this case.

When a post is from a non-member and you are relying on
accept_these_nonmembers to pass the post, the address that's checked
is determined as follows:

   Return the address considered to be the author of the email.

   This can return either the From: header, the Sender: header or the
   envelope header (a.k.a. the unixfrom header).  The first non-empty
   header value found is returned.  However the search order is
   determined by the following:

   - If mm_cfg.USE_ENVELOPE_SENDER is true, then the search order is
     Sender:, From:, unixfrom

   - Otherwise, the search order is From:, Sender:, unixfrom

Thus, if the 'sender' address is in accept_these_nonmembers and in the
From: header and if USE_ENVELOPE_SENDER is Yes in mm_cfg.py in the
Sender: header if any, then the post should not be rejected for
non-membership regardless of any Reply-To:

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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