[Mailman-Users] Unable to create new mail list

Elvis Fernandes elvisfern at gmail.com
Wed Sep 21 01:27:04 CEST 2005

 I am setting up a brand new mailman server.
After doing per the documentation, I tried creating a "testing" test mail
However, I get an error that says "illegal list name: testing at myhost
 Any idea's on what I am missing?
Here is the string.

# ./newlist testing
Enter the email of the person running the list: elvis.fernandes at am.necel.com
Initial testing password:
Create a new, unpopulated mailing list.

Usage: ./newlist [options] [listname [listadmin-addr [admin-password]]]


-l language
Make the list's preferred language `language', which must be a two
letter language code.

-u urlhost
Gives the list's web interface host name.

-e emailhost
Gives the list's email domain name.

Normally the administrator is notified by email (after a prompt) that
their list has been created. This option suppresses the prompt and

Print this help text and exit.

You can specify as many of the arguments as you want on the command line:
you will be prompted for the missing ones.

Every Mailman list has two parameters which define the default host name for
outgoing email, and the default URL for all web interfaces. When you
configured Mailman, certain defaults were calculated, but if you are running
multiple virtual Mailman sites, then the defaults may not be appropriate for
the list you are creating.

You also specify the domain to create your new list in by typing the command
like so:

newlist --urlhost=www.mydom.ain mylist

where `www.mydom.ain' should be the base hostname for the URL to this
hosts's lists. E.g. with this setting people will view the general list
overviews at http://www.mydom.ain/mailman/listinfo. Also,
should be a key in the VIRTUAL_HOSTS mapping in mm_cfg.py/Defaults.py if
the email hostname to be automatically determined.

If you want the email hostname to be different from the one looked up by the
VIRTUAL_HOSTS or if urlhost is not registered in VIRTUAL_HOSTS, you can
`emailhost' like so:

newlist --urlhost=www.mydom.ain --emailhost=mydom.ain mylist

where `mydom.ain' is the mail domain name. If you don't specify emailhost
urlhost is not in the virtual host list, then mm_cfg.DEFAULT_EMAIL_HOST will
be used for the email interface.

For backward compatibility, you can also specify the domain to create your
new list in by spelling the listname like so:

mylist at www.mydom.ain

where www.mydom.ain <http://www.mydom.ain/> is used for `urlhost' but it
will also be used for
`emailhost' if it is not found in the virtual host table. Note that
'--urlhost' and '--emailhost' have precedence to this notation.

If you spell the list name as just `mylist', then the email hostname will be
taken from DEFAULT_EMAIL_HOST and the url will be taken from DEFAULT_URL (as
defined in your Defaults.py file or overridden by settings in mm_cfg.py).

Note that listnames are forced to lowercase.
Illegal list name: testing at myhost


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