[Mailman-Users] digest-mode not functioning properly

Lluis Montoliu montoliu at cnb.csic.es
Sat Feb 25 16:35:22 CET 2012

Thanks for support Stephen. I'm using version 2.1.11 and you've got it  
right. Our main problem is lack of access at root level, therefore we  
are limited to what we can do through the mailman admin panel and to  
suggest our hosting service to do this or that, which they can choose  
to do or not.

The fact that two of my lists are experiencing these problems and not  
the rest suggest me that some email addresses that could be shared  
among the two could be the culprit. I'm investigating this.

And, yes Windows-email clients can result in unexpected consequences.  
Also, heavily formatted messages, with complex signatures and graphics  
embedded. We recently discovered messages were either filtered or  
blocking the list because of that.

Currently, problems can't be related to digest messages themselves,  
because when I trigger their distribution, manually, from admin panel,  
they are indeed distributed. Simply they are not distributed daily, or  
when they reach 256 kb, as current settings indicate and sort of keep  
accummulating messages in an endless manner.

Very intriguing....


Quoting "Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen at xemacs.org>:

> Lluis Montoliu writes:
>  > At hosting level they keep indicating that mailman is outdated, no
>  > longer maintained and that we should consider moving to other
>  > programs
> Your hosting service is either really failing to do their homework, or
> outright lying to you.  Mailman is very much maintained, although
> 21.1.14 is *very* stable, so almost all development activity is on
> Mailman 3.  You should consider moving to a more honest and competent
> service.
>  > >> the problems with digest-mode appear to be rather common, many reports
>  > >> found, but not really solutions, at least, I could not find the one
>  > >> that will fix my bug.
> Problems with digest mode that I can remember in about a decade of
> Mailman use and participation in these lists (and *never* experienced
> personally! just seen on the lists) generally are problems with the
> digest messages themselves, and the fact that Windows mail clients
> often do a horrible job of handling them.  As far as I can remember,
> problems with collecting and sending digests are pretty rare, and
> usually due to misconfiguration.  Such problems are usually quickly
> resolved if the Mailman admin has root.
> The principal cause of *ongoing* problems is that the Mailman admin
> doesn't have root, and the hosting service is either unable or
> unwilling to configure Mailman properly.
> Sorry I cannot be of more immediate help, but it really angers me that
> so many hosting services offer Mailman, and then turn around and
> cripple it with lack of support.

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