[Mailman-Users] questions related to batch creation and management of several lists

Mario Filipe mjnf at uevora.pt
Mon Jan 29 16:57:37 CET 2007


I'm using mailman 2.1.9-4 on a Debian Sarge server.

I need to create a batch of lists for the management of each of our
institutional units (departments, services, etc.)

Apart from the members and the name, the setup is very similar for all
of them so I looked at the FAQ and I'm wondering if I can use the answer
 number 4.38 (quoted below) as a solution ?

Q: I am the site administrator and I'd like to change the configuration
of ALL existing lists. How to do that?

A: Use /usr/lib/mailman/bin/config_list

Here's an example:

 1. Login your shell
 2. Create a file (/path/to/configfile) and add your configuration *)
 3. Change the configuration using this shell script:
     for i in $(/usr/lib/mailman/bin/list_lists -b) ; do
/usr/lib/mailman/bin/config_list -i /path/to/configfile $i ; done

If you only want to change some lists but not all, replace the

 for i in $(/usr/lib/mailman/bin/list_lists -b)

in the above script with for example

 for i in list1 list2 list3

To check for errors before doing the changes, you can simulate your
changes using the -c flag. see:

 config_list --help

<end quote>

My other question is related to the way these lists are to be used:

- they are to be directly addressable, meaning that anyone (not everyone
we don't need more SPAM) can send a message to them

- they are also to be used under umbrella lists and here is my problem
because some people are in more than one of those lists and under the
umbrella lists they are going to get multiple copies of the messages,
right? Is there a way to prevent this?


        Mario Filipe
	Serviço de Computação da Universidade de Évora
        mjnf at uevora.pt

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