[Mailman-Users] Question on customizing user pages

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Sun Oct 14 03:06:01 CEST 2007

Blaine Lang wrote:

>Using Mailman v2.1.9 on a hosted service provider, I have read a number 
>of FAQ pages and list archives and I would like to further modify a 
>number of pages the user interacts with.
>We have created the inital signup page on our own website and upon 
>posting the request to mailman, the page the user see's can be 
>customized completely which is good. The user then receives an email to 
>confirm the subscription and it does not appear, the contents of this 
>email or the page they are sent to can be modified by the list admin. Is 
>this true - how can I modify these 2 items (confirm email text and 
>confirm linked page)?

The confirmation email sent to the user is made from the verify.txt
template which can only be edited with shell access to the host server

The content of the confirmation linged page is built on the fly by the
Mailman/Cgi/confirm.py module. Changes, other than colors which can be
set globally in mm_cfg.py, can only be made by editing the Python code
of this module.

>After the user does confirm via the confirm page and clicks on the 
>submit to confirm button, they are directed to another page - the 
>subscription confirmation page. I do not see where this page can be 

This too is built on the fly by the Mailman/Cgi/confirm.py module.

>I'd like to simplify the options and information presented to the user 
>and personalize the page to reflect a clients site look and feel.

Other than changing the verify.txt template which can be done on a per
list or per domain basis, the changes would be global and would be
unlikely to be considered by a hosting provider.

One way around this might be to create your own CGI confirmation page
and convince the host to make a list or domain specific verify.txt
template which would link to your page and include the cookie in the
data passed to the CGI. Your page could then either send a
confirmation email to Mailman or post to Mailman's confirm page and
capture and massage its response.

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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