[Mailman-Users] surely can install mailman without root?

Brad Knowles brad at shub-internet.org
Sat Jan 19 03:37:48 CET 2008

On 1/19/08, jidanni at jidanni.org wrote:

>  Dudes, out of curiosity why can't mailman be totally installed and run
>  without involving root? Indeed maybe it would be a safer and more
>  portable installation.

Feel free to give it a try and report back to us.

>  E.g., who cares what MTA is installed when one can just use:
>  #Untested partial .procmailrc for a mailman list on a catchall mailbox
>  #for a domain. No need to have root adjust some MTA's configuration!

Okay, so now you've just made Mailman 100% dependant on having 
procmail installed, as opposed to not really caring what MTA may be 
installed, and being able to work with multiple different MTAs.

>  There, see, I have rewritten your thinking: indeed a totally
>  non-root-involved installation keeps one insulated from (and meddling
>  with) the underlying details. Yes, rewritten your thinking, all
>  without testing. Hope it really works. "What could go wrong?"

No, you haven't totally rewritten anything, except maybe your own 
memory of how you magically improve anything you touch.

Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org>
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