[Mailman-Users] Description text not appearing in "To:" header?
msapiro at value.net
Mon Apr 10 17:47:00 CEST 2006
Mike Brudenell wrote:
>I had, incorrectly by the sound of it, assumed Mailman worked the same way
> 1) Mailman's built-in help text for the 'description' setting says:
> description (general): A terse phrase identifying this list.
> This description is used when the mailing list is listed with
> other mailing lists, or in headers, and so forth. It should be
> as succinct as you can get it, while still identifying what the
> list is.
>OK, so the above might refer to the 'header' you can get Mailman to include
>within the message body up at the top, or it could mean the true headers of
>messages (ie, the To:/From:/Subject:/Received:/etc header lines).
As I said in my original reply, when the list is anonymous, the
'description' is included in the From: header, so the above, while
misleading in your case, is correct in that the description is used in
some cases in an actual message header.
>By itself it's a bit ambiguous, but then we also have:
> 2) Section 2.1.1 of the Mailman Admin help pages at GNU's site
> says this:
> In the general list overview page, which shows you every
> available mailing list, each list is displayed with a short
> description. The contents of this variable is that description.
> Note that in emails from the mailing list, this description is
> also used in the comment section of the To: address. This text
> should be relatively short and no longer than one line.
>This seems pretty clear, and I also found the same information on other
>sites' help pages using Google (sadly I didn't note down the URLs for any
Yes, it is clear, but unfortunately, it's wrong.
>I'll just assume that Mailman (now) doesn't/shouldn't rewrite the "To:"
>header as standard and the Mailman Administration help page is out of date.
And we'll get the manual corrected.
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