I found it confusing with all the different lists
majordomo can handle, so I made up a table, and eventually
a doc. Notice the useage of list-owner and list-approval.
Are these roles correctly defined?
| Dan |
Types of mailing lists handled by majordomo
The following is a complete list of majordomo list types,
in decreasing order of 'openness':
1) Auto list: a list where anything and everything is automatically approved,
requiring no human intervention whatsoever. That means that all postings
will automatically appear to list members, and all subscribe/unsubscribe
requests will also be performed automatically, even for addresses other than
your own. The list-approval alias will still be notified of any
subscribe/unsubscribe activity. An auto list requires the file
list.auto in $listdir.
2) Open list: a list where subscribe/unsubscribe requests are automatic for the
individual who sends the message to majordomo. It is not possible to
subscribe/unsubscribe an address different from that contained in the message
header. Such requests are bounced to list-approval for approval.
An open list does not require any special files in $listdir.
3) Closed list: a list where all subscribe requests must be approved, by being
bounced to list-approval. Unsubscribe requests for the individual's own
address are performed automatically - attempting to unsubscribe others will
bounce the request to list-approval.
A closed list requires the file list.closed in $listdir.
4) Private list: a closed list with added 'security', in that majordomo limits
the commands which can be issued by non-list members. In particular, three
commands are restricted to list members: who, index, and get.
A private list requires the file list.priv in $listdir.
NOTE: resend options
By using resend in conjunction with majordomo, you can alter the behavior
of any of the above lists:
- A list is unmoderated by default, where all submissions by list members
are automatically sent to the list. By using resend with the -a/-A flags,
the list can be moderated, where all submissions are bounced to
list-approval for approval.
- A list will accept non-member submissions by default, which will
immediately be distributed to the entire list. By using resend with
the -I <list> flag, submissions by non-list members are bounced to
Dan Simoes firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Programmer (914) 789-5378
Advanced Network & Services Elmsford, NY