[Mailman-Users] Running Mailman software

Brad Knowles brad at stop.mail-abuse.org
Fri Aug 11 02:58:39 CEST 2006

At 10:49 PM +0100 2006-08-10, Martin Dennett (Gmail) wrote:

>  After having had 2 hosts for my mailing list in the last 3 months and
>  now being told that my list is "too big" for the host we currently use
>  (2000 members, approx ½ of whom don't actually receive any mail, just
>  choosing to read on the web, and half of those left being on digest), I
>  am seriously considering hosting the list myself. What I would like to
>  know, from those that have done it and are currently doing it, are the
>  positives and negatives of such a situation. If I choose to forge ahead
>  with this (and with other such alternatives as Yahoo & Googlegroups,
>  it's a definite possibility), I'd need *real* dummy instructions on how
>  to go about this.

Running your own mail server is a non-trivial task.  Go look at the 
FAQ and documentation at sendmail.org or postfix.org to get an idea 
of the level of complexity involved in that process.

Adding a mailing list server on top of that is also a non-trivial 
task.  Again, go look at the documentation and FAQ at 
<http://www.list.org/docs.html> and 
<http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/faqw-mm.py?req=index>, respectively.

First thing I'd recommend is for you to take a look at getting a 
better list hosting facility, starting with the information in 
 From there you should have a better idea if you really want to do 
this yourself on your own machine, or if you want to use hosting 
facilities from somewhere else.

Brad Knowles, <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org>

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