[Mailman-Users] Subscribing by email?

Brad Knowles brad at shub-internet.org
Wed Aug 15 20:44:29 CEST 2007

On 8/15/07, Paul Key wrote:

>  Mailman 2.1.3
>  Solaris 9

Keep in mind that Mailman 2.1.3 is pretty old, and there have been 
several security-related releases since then.  I would strongly 
encourage you to upgrade to the latest version, which is 2.1.9.

>  I am looking to get users to subscribe and unsubscribe from certain
>  lists using email.  I am getting them to emal
>  <listname>-request at blah.blah with "subscribe" in the message body. This
>  works fine with an empty subject field (they get one confirmation email
>  as expected) but if they put a subject on the subscription request email
>  they receive two subscription confirmation emails from mailman in reply.
>  Anyone no why this happens?  They would like to put something in the
>  subject.

I'm not sure, but I'd suggest looking through the list of bugs on the 
Mailman Sourceforge page.  This sounds vaguely familiar, and I 
suspect that this is an old problem which has since been fixed.

>  Also does mailman 2.1.3 support the sending of a blank email to
>  <listname>-subscribe at blah.blah ? (or some similar address) instead of
>  the subscribe email via request?

Sure.  Just set up your aliases to support that.  Mailman doesn't 
actually see anything of the addresses that were used to submit the 
messages, it just takes the command-line options it's passed via the 
alias definition.

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