[Mailman-Users] mailman aliases

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Wed May 23 02:19:30 CEST 2007

Christopher Adams wrote:

>Just for clarification, what is the use for the mailman list that is
>listed in the aliases file? Is this a required list and if so, what is
>it's purpose.

It is a required list in Mailman 2.1. bin/mailmanctl will not start
Mailman if it isn't present. It is used as the apparent source of
monthly password reminders and certain other notifications, the former
because reminders are for all subscribed lists in a domain, not for
individual lists, and the latter to avoid bounce loops on list-owner

It will go away in Mailman 2.2.

>If that is not required, what are the necessary entries in the aliases
>file to take care of mailman-bounces, mailman-owner, etc? Would that
>just be aliases to individual email addresses to take care of messages
>pointed to those mailman addresses.
>I have been runnning mailman for a number of years and it recently was
>pointed out that the mailman at mydomain.com didn't go anywhere. So,  I
>added an alias to it and to mailman-owner and mailman-bounces to my
>email address in the aliases file.
>Maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree here, but these have to point
>somewhere. I have read through the Mailman installation docs and FAQ,
>but can't find a definitive answer. Pointing me to some documentation
>would be sufficient. Thanks

The issue is somewhat tricky as the mailman list and its aliases are
usually created in the DEFAULT_EMAIL_HOST domain, but the listinfo and
admin overview pages expose a mailman@ address in their own domain, so
these addresses ought to be deliverable too. Likewise the
mailman-bounces address. Aliases will point to e.g.
"|/usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman post mailman",
"|/usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman bounces mailman", etc. which is the
one and only 'mailman' list in the installation.

I hope this helps.

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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