[Mailman-Users] disable a mailing list

Stoyan Angelov s_angelov at filibeto.org
Fri Sep 17 17:10:31 CEST 2010

On 08/24/10 18:28, Mark Sapiro wrote:
> Stoyan Angelov wrote:
>> i want to temporary disable one of my mailing lists while keeping the
>> archives available. i run mailman 2.1.12 with sendmail. i was thinking
>> about doing the following:
>> . remove the appropriate aliases from /path/to/aliases (redirecting the
>> <mailling-list>-owner of the affected list to some real address)
>> . move the /path/to/mailman/lists/<disabled-list>  directory to a
>> temporary location
>> is this the proper way to disable a list? is there anything else that
>> needs to be done?
> Yes, that is a good way to temporarily disable a list. I think you
> could actually leave the aliases in place (except for maybe changing
> the -owner alias), and the pipe to the mail/mailman wrapper will fail
> resulting in a reject to the sender. You should test to see if you
> think the reject is appropriate. You can do this by creating an alias
> like
> bogus: "|/path/to/mail/mailman post bogus"
> and sending a message to that address.

hello Mark,

thank you for your answer! very helpful as always; please excuse my very 
late reply...

i did the test with sending a test message to a bogus alias - the good 
thing is that in the returned message there is some info:

    ----- Transcript of session follows -----
post script, list not found: bogus
554 5.3.0 unknown mailer error 1

this is nice since it says... "no such list here" and i am also able to 
see all failed posts in mailman's error log. the negative thing is that 
the returned mail exposes my mailman installation path:

The original message was received at Fri, 17 Sep 2010 17:35:10 +0300 (EEST)
from myhost.mydomain.dom []

    ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----
"|/my/real/path/to/mailman/mail/mailman post bogus"
Final-Recipient: RFC822; mybogus-alias at mydomain.dom
X-Actual-Recipient: X-Unix; |/my/real/path/to/mailman/mail/mailman post 



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