Warren Killian wrote:
> On 01 Sep 1998 15:04:34 -0400, you wrote:
> >The ironic thing is that those who need drool-proof manuals are the ones
> >that don't read manuals.
> I read lots of manuals -- especially the majordomo documentation.
> I've read it many times now, yet it amazes me that I've learned so
> little in comparison to documentation for other UNIX programs I've
> been forced to learn about.
What is it that you expected to learn? I have read this thread with
interest because I have never seen what the fuss about majordomo's
"complexity" is. It's actually very simple. It has 3 main parts. The
"majordomo program" itself gets passed stuff by sendmail, it does its
thing with the list files, configurations, etc.; and passes the results
to sendmail to send out. The resend script handles things like
filtering, moderation, etc. It's clearly spelled out in the NEWLISTS
file that if you want those features you need to use resend.
The third part of majordomo is the wrapper, which users and
administrators never interact with, so as long as you follow the
directions about setting your permissions, you're golden.
Admittedly, the list-manager documentation that comes with the
distribution isn't so good, but there are at least two external sources
for this on the web that are quite good. Perhaps these docs could be
added to the distribution? This won't make sysadmins send it to new
list managers, but it would help people who download the software for
their own use. To my mind the config file comments are quite good,
however I realize that neophyte users may not understand the
implications of these settings.
So I guess my question is, what is the big deal? Everything you need
to know to make majordomo work is available to you, what is it that
we're trying to accomplish?
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