Thank you for responding. This will help.
Dennis J. Gurgul
Helix System Management
On 9 Apr 1997, Jason L Tibbitts III wrote:
> >>>>> "DG" == Dennis Gurgul <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> DG> Does someone acting as a list owner/administrator need root access, or
> DG> can that work be done at the user level (once everything is installed)?
> You need root to install Majordomo because it involves MTA (i.e. Sendmail)
> configuration, making a user, creating some directories and making one
> binary setuid.
> After installation, you may need root to create new lists because you must
> add mail aliases, but there are ways to get around that. In my
> installation, I never need root except to upgrade the software.
> List owners don't even need accounts on the system.
> DG> Let's say somebody administers a unix system with about 1,000 users,
> DG> and they need just the basics of a mailing list service. How big of a
> DG> task is the maintenance of this for someone with limited unix admin
> DG> experience (couple years)?
> Once things are set up, you need pretty close to zero admin experience. I
> run lists totaling ten thousand or so users and I spend 15 minutes a day or
> so taking care of bounces and answering the odd plea for help to the list
> owner. This is exclusive of actually _reading_ the lists, mind you.
> Of course, I have a good support system. Procmail filters all of my
> list-related mail into nice sorted folders and Gnus lets me read them like
> newsgroups (and handle approvals with a keypress). I can also ignore all
> of the bounces until the evening, then take care of them at once.
> If you have lesser mailers or no filtering, expect things to take longer.
> - J<