[Mailman-Users] Information about config_list and change_pw

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Mon Jan 28 19:53:01 CET 2013

Chris Nulk wrote:
>It seems to make a little more sense to use scripts/programs that are 
>more targeted to specific changes I want to make to a list and I can 
>document what I am doing a little easier.

If you know what you are doing, you can do anything to a list with
config_list or withlist. These are powerful tools that also have the
ability to break things badly if you don't know what you're doing or
make a mistake.

A targeted script is more limited in what it can do, but if it is well
tested, probably won't break anything in an irrecoverable way.

Most of the scripts in my scripts/ directory were created in response
to "how do I" questions on this list that I thought were of some wider
interest. They exist so I can point people at them rather than
explaining how to do it each time it comes up. Others are things I
actually use myself.

Ultimately, its a matter of taste, style and frequency of use that
determines the choice of a targeted script vs. a more general tool to
accomplish a specific task.

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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