[Mailman-Users] Temporarily Diable Entire List

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Mon May 7 18:08:54 CEST 2007

Robin Bartholomew wrote:

>I want to make sure some lists are definitely not used before deleting 
>them.  To temporarily disable a list, is moving the list directory 
>(/home/mailman/lists/list_name) to a temporary directory an acceptable 
>solution or is there a better way to go about this?

If you have an MTA that programmatically determines how to deliver mail
to the various list addresses based on something in
/home/mailman/lists/list_name rather than using aliases, then moving
/home/mailman/lists/list_name elsewhere is effectively deleting the
list (but not the archives) with backup.

If this is what you want, then that's a perfectly good approach.

If you have MTA aliases and you don't remove them, there won't be much
difference. In this case, the MTA will try to deliver to a list
address, and the mail wrapper/script will report a non-existent list
back to the MTA which in turn should report that back to the sender.

Mark Sapiro <msapiro at value.net>       The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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