[Mailman-Users] is it possible to set up mailman on a hostwithout a MTA?

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Sat Oct 20 20:07:41 CEST 2007

Dennis Carr wrote:

>On Sat, 20 Oct 2007 12:36:18 +0200
>Tomasz Chmielewski <mangoo at wpkg.org> wrote:
>> Is it possible to set up mailman on a host without a MTA?
>> I imagine mailman could easily send emails through an external MTA,
>> and receive email using externam pop3 or imap account - however, I
>> didn't find many hints about such setup in the fine documentation.
>Not as near as I can tell (I could be wrong), but you can easily set up,
>say, Postfix to just route everything through your ISP and not receive

Actually, it is possible to run Mailman without a local MTA. Outgoing
mail is easy.  Just set SMTPHOST and, if necessary, SMTPPORT in
mm_cfg.py to the appropriate values for the server you want to use. If
the server requires authentication and possibly TLS, see
for a patch.

Incoming mail is harder, but it can be done using something like
fetchmail to retrieve mail from a remote server. It can then be
delivered to Mailman via someththing like procmail or by using
Mailman's Maildir delivery.

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