[Mailman-Users] SOP for notifying list owners

Adam McGreggor adam-mailman at amyl.org.uk
Wed Mar 4 02:46:51 CET 2009

On Tue, Mar 03, 2009 at 05:30:10PM -0800, Mark Sapiro wrote:
> Alan Rubin wrote:
> >
> >Just curious if the community has a Standard Operating Procedure for
> >list administrators to notify list owners when there are changes to the
> >Mailman installation.  Maybe like a list of list owners? 
> Other people may have other ideas. I'm not aware of any Best Current
> Practice for this, but what I would do is use bin/list_owners to get
> an unduplicated list of all the owners and mail to that list (as To:
> or Bcc: recipients). You can use the '-m' option to include moderators.

I tend to daily/hourly cron "list_owners > /etc/mail/mailman-owners"
and have an exim alias generated from that, e.g., 
	"listowners 	:include:/etc/mail/mailman-owners"

If I wanted to always include some other addresses (e.g, my RT queue,
my sysadmin's list, my syschanges list), stash those addresses in a
file, and cat 'em in after list_owners has done its business: others may
combine their "always" alias and list_owners output to generate another
alias for mailing 
       list-change-notify:	foo, baa, baz at example.com
       listowners:		:include:/etc/mail/mailman-owners
       list-change:		list-change-notify, listowners

Typically, cron-generated (from scripts/database lookups) files *don't*
get included in my revision systems.

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