On Thu, 6 Jan 2000, Marsha Petry wrote:
> Anybody have some experiences in this area as to what would be a good MLM
> for these needs? I've looked at Majordomo, Listar, Sympa, Listproc, ezmlm,
> Listserv (and unless I've missed some documentation on the others Listserv
> is the closest to what I need, and that's what I may opt for, though it's
> pretty pricey).
Listserv does what you need out-of-box, though it can be a royal nightmare
to set up that way at times and is a bit pricey, as you note.
I /think/ Lyris can also do this, and is probably slightly less pricey.
> If no MLM fits my needs, any suggestions on what open source code might be
> the best to look at as far as modifying for my needs? Someone on the ezmlm
> list suggested modifying qmail for the mail merge feature - sounds OK. Any
> other experiences?
Well, for my own part, I can suggest Listar (surprise) for modification
simply because the whole thing is based around a dynamic and extendable
architecture. Writing a 'mailmerge.lpm' to plug-in could cover your need
there fairly well, though you will then have to send each message
separately... not /as/ bad as it could be, though, if you are running
qmail (as it would seem). Listar already has hooks for per-user message
modification, but nothing implements functionality on those hooks yet; the
mail merge concept would be one that could make use of that.
Of course, I will readily admit that my viewpoint is biased; JT and I
wrote Listar that way specifically so we could add new features (or other
people could) as needed without having to change the core code.
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