We are working on the migration of VM users to UNIX at CERN. As one of
our tasks, we have installed Majordomo in order to take care of all our
LISTSERV lists. As we have to move over 300 mailing lists, we'll welcome
any improvement in Majordomo-LISTSERV compatibility.
We want to present some thoughts to this group about allowing this
1) It would be nice to have, as in LISTSERV, the possibility to add a
short comment to the list address, as a 'list full name'.
We tried to implement this by adding a new parameter to the .config
files and using the sendmail option -F in "resend" and "digest", but
we failed: the new .config parameter is accepted but, by unknown
reasons (to us), sendmail ignores -F option in those two scripts.
2) LISTSERV list files have the following format:
One cannot feed Majordomo with such a list, as it takes each line
or comma_separated text as a subscriber. We would like Majordomo to be
able to ignore 'comment lines' beginning with '*' and interpret 'email
full_name' lines as 'full_name <email>'.
3) The subscription command in LISTSERV expects the user name as 'email
full_name'. Majordomo manages this format correctly, except for the
welcome message and "Majordomo results" message: these are sent to
email and each separate word in full_name as if they were different
users, with unexpected results.
4) Another issue, independent of LISTSERV, with which we are somewhat
uncomfortable, is the rigidity of Majordomo when managing addresses
for (un)subscriptions. If my address is email@example.com, why
can't I unsubscribe simply with
unsubscribe list_name firstname.lastname@example.org
if I subscribed with
subscribe list_name German Fernandez <email@example.com>
Thank you very much for your attention.
Miguel Marquina & German Fernandez
UNIX Migration Task Force
European Laboratory for Nuclear Research
Geneve - Switzerland