[Mailman-Users] pending subscription to list "mailman"

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Mon Jun 11 15:21:12 EDT 2018

On 6/11/18 10:26 AM, Jim Popovitch via Mailman-Users wrote:
> For some unknown reason a legitimate human sent a subscribe request to 
> mailman-subscribe at domain.tld and now I'm receiving pending subscriber
> notifications for the "mailman" list, which isn't a list with an
> available web interface.  Is there a cmd line way to discard pending
> subscribers?

Why do you think there's no web interface. Have you tried going to
http(s)://any.of.your.domains/admindb/mailman/ ?

There are a couple of scripts at <https://www.msapiro.net/scripts/>,
namely 'erase' and 'list_requests' that can do the discard.

> Also, should the mailman/data/aliases.db even contain aliases for the
> mailman list?

The address mailman at domain.tld is exposed in both the listinfo and admin
overview pages as a place for questions. Also,
mailman-bounces at domain.tld is the envelope sender of password reminders
and some owner notices and some MTA configurations don't accept outging
mail that isn't from a deliverable address, although I think this is
mostly an Exim issue and Exim doesn't use aliases.

Also, if you don't put a MAILTO in Mailman's crontab, any errors from
Mailman's crons will be sent to mailman at domain.tld.

For all these reasons, I recommend setting up the 'mailman' list with
the Mailman site admins as owners and members and setting
generic_nonmember_action to accept.

Anyway, the short answer to "should the mailman/data/aliases.db even
contain aliases for the mailman list?" is Yes, but if it makes sense in
your installation to remove them, you can.

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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