[Mailman-Users] Revisit to moderator aliases

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Sat Nov 21 06:22:45 CET 2009

andale at excaliburworld.com wrote:
>>Bill Catambay wrote:
>>>Here's a couple of questions while I sit idly by as posts to the 
>>>mailing list build up in my inbox:
>>>1. Anyone know the missing ingredient (in tech terms) that might 
>>>clue in the "night watchman" on what needs to be done to make 
>>>foo-list-mod work?
>>This might not be helpful, depending on the mail server, but has 
>>someone run "newaliases" to make sure those aliases in the file have 
>>actually been made active?
>>(This isn't a necessary step for all mail servers, but it seems 
>>likely given your bounce message.  Goodness knows I forgot to do it 
>>a few times back when I was using sendmail on my list server.)
>The night tech guy confirmed that they are active (although I don't 
>know how he confirmed it).  Given that there were two alias changes, 
>and since I *know* that the first alias did take effect (i.e., the 
>foo-list email now comes to me instead of posting to the list), I'd 
>assume that the 2nd alias took effect.  Also, they're both in a file 
>(along with other mailing list related aliases), and I believe they 
>processed that file of aliases (rather than doing each alias 
>At this point, I wish the aliases did not take effect, because then 
>I'd at least still be able to get posts to the mailing list.

The lists.sonic.net domain has 2 MXs (mailin-01.mx.sonic.net and
mailin-02.mx.sonic.net) and each of those has 4 IP addresses, so there
are potentially 8 servers that can receive the domain's mail.

I'm guessing, but I suspect the aliases were changed on the Mailman
server so thay mail that reaches that server for foo-list and
foo-list-mod will be properly handled, but the missing piece is
relaying the mail from the 8 MX servers to the Mailman server. This
was already being done for the foo-list address so changing that alias
on the Mailman host worked, but foo-list-mod is not an address that
the 8 MXs know to relay to the Mailman server.

Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net>        The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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