I decided to change access_table to access_rules, partly because Bill and I
sort of decided on attachment_rules to control the MIME munging stuff. I
spent a bit of time writing up a little description of the access_rules,
but I really suck at this kind of thing since I don't know how to describe
anything resembling a programming language to someone who doesn't know how
to program. Since this is a cornerstone of what 2.0 will be, I wanted to
throw this out now and let people who didn't write it take a look.
Working description of the access-rules config variable:
First line - request
Comma-separated list of advertise, alias, post, subscribe, unsubscribe,
This determines the request(s) that this rule applies to.
Second line - action
Comma separated list of allow, confirm, consult, confirm_consult, deny,
forward, reply, mailfile.
This determines the actions to be taken if the rule matches.
allow=N - the request succeeds. If given an argument (allow=N) then N
will be passed back to the calling routine (used in 'which' requests to
limit the number of returned hits. With no argument, an very large
number is returned.
confirm=file - a confirmation token is sent to the user who will be affected
by the request. If given an argument, the given file will be used as
the confirmation message. If not, the file "confirm" is used.
consult=file,M,group,N - a token is sent to a moderator/group of
moderators/randomly chosen subset of a group of moderators. The
following comma-separated arguments are taken:
file - the file used for the consultation message (not used if
M - the number of approvals that are required. This permit a
rudimentary form of group moderation (default 1).
group - the moderator group to send the confirmation request to
(defaults to sending to moderator).
N - the number of members of the moderator group to send to, chosen at
random (defaults to all of the group).
deny - disallows the action.
forward=address - forwards the command to another Majordomo server
running at address.
reply=message - sends a one-line message back as part of the command
return. Enclose the message in quotes to embed commas. Multiple reply
messages are concatenated with newlines.
mailfile=file - sends a message back in a separate reply.
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This is code in a simple language that is used to determine whether or
not the action (line 2) should be taken.
The following can be used in rules:
AND, && - the conditions on both sides must be true
OR, || - any one or both of the conditions must be true.
NOT, ! - the following condition must be false
(, ) - enclose groups of conditions
/expression/ - a Perl regular expression applied to the requesting user's
@, @MAIN - these are equivalent, and check to see that the user is a
@auxlist - checks to see that the user is a member of the named auxiliary
$variable - checks to see that the supplied variable is true.
$variable=value - checks that the variable equals (stringwise) the given
Rules for a particular request are processed in order; the _first_ rule
that matches is taken.
If no rules match, the "default" action is taken, which results in a
reasonable emulation of the 1.94.3 behavior using *_access, moderate,
The default action is not yet implemented!
Equivalent to moderate=yes:
Ban some users from subscribing:
deny,reply="You are banned."
Deny all access to off-site users:
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