[ David Epstein writes: ]
> I am contemplating setting up an extra mathedu-seminar list alongside
> my mathedu and mathedu-digest lists.
> The seminar list will be run by the seminar leader, not by me. S/he
> will change every 3 weeks. Our systems people would not be prepared to
> make changes to the alias list every three weeks. A stable system is
> The seminar leader will be approving membership of mathedu-seminar and
> approving postings.
> The requests for approval would come to me (unless I can configure
> this somehow) and so would requests for approval of postings.
You could make a separate, very private list in which you would
zubscribe (and unzubscribe) mathedu-seminar approvers. The
mathedu-seminar-approval alias would simply :include: this list.
> But the process of forwarding would presumably mean they would arrive
> at the seminar leader's email address in another wrapper and so pipe
> to approve would not work, or would it?
No, if forwarded correctly, it would not.
> At the end of the seminar's deliberations, I would want to make its
> proceedings available to the large mathedu list. Any suggestions about
Simply place them in the $filedir/mathedu$filedir_suffix directory and
they'd be available via Mj 'get' commands. If they're in some sort of
binary format (Word, FrameMaker, etc.) you'll need to uuencode them
first. You might want to generate (and update when necessary) an INDEX
file as a guide to available files. Unfortunately, this requires access
to the Mj server system unless the Mj admin is willing to make the
directory a symlink to somewhere you have access to. Caveats for links
are 1) if it's an NFS mount, file locking will not work and 2) you have
to be very careful with ownership and permissions so that Mj can still
read/write the files/archives/digests. What I've done in a similar
situation is that the owner owns the directory and files but Mj's group
is the group owner. Everything has user and group r/w permissions. If
you OS supports it, setgid on directories helps a lot in keeping group
> I could mail the pile of seminar correspondence to everyone as
> a block, but this contains a lot of irrelevant information like
> received headers etc. Ideally I would like to send the pile of seminar
> correspondence to everyone on mathedu and everyone on mathedu-digest
> in exactly the same format as a digest.
I've never tried this, but couldn't the mathedu-seminar-digest-outgoing
alias actually include the mathedu-digest and mathedu lists? Or maybe
you could just have the seminar digests mailed to you to massage and
remail to the lists.