[Mailman-Users] Question about Debian/Ubuntu Mailman Package

Dragon dragon at crimson-dragon.com
Tue Sep 12 20:26:25 CEST 2006

Barry Finkel wrote:
>I have questions about Ubuntu mailman.  I am installing mailman
>on an unbuntu system.  I have installed mailman on a test box while
>I am waiting for the production hardware to arrive and be rack-mounted.
>I wanted to install mailman 2.1.8, but the system administrator had
>me install the latest Ubuntu mailman package, 2.1.5-9ubuntu4.  He
>told me to check the Ubuntu change log to see what in mailman 2.1.8
>is not included.  I looked at the change log, and it appears that
>the Ubuntu package is synchronized with the Debian package.  I cannot
>compare the information in the Ubuntu change log with the mailman
>2.1.8 change log, as the mailman change numbers do not appear in the
>Ubuntu change log; the Ubuntu changes seem to have their own numbers.
>My question is this - what have I just installed in the Ubuntu
>package?  Is it mailman at some patch level?  Is there code that
>Debian or Ubuntu has added/changed from the mailman distribution?
>I know that there have been recent postings concerning distributions
>that modify the mailman-supplied code, and I need to know if Debian
>or Ubuntu do the same.  Thanks.
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Well, there are only two ways to answer your questions.

Talk to the people who create the Ubuntu distribution or take your 
source code and do a diff against the official version.

I would expect (based on the version number) that it is a 2.1.5 
version packaged for Ubuntu with whatever changes they thought were 
necessary to conform to their philosophy of how a Linux distribution 
should be laid out on disk.

Version 2.1.5 is rather old. I believe there are some security issues 
that have been fixed since that release. IMO it is a good idea to use 
the latest version to preclude as many potential issues as possible.


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