Having only just started out trying to use majordomo, I probably don't share
the same level of loyalty as some users on this list. However, I feel I need
to question the future of majordomo. I myself have had problems getting
majordomo to work, whether this was due to a conflict or a bug in either my
OS or version of perl I do not know, but when mj stripped and processed the
headers, the entire message was stripped as well meaning that no valid
commands were found.
I managed to fix this to a fasion by completely rewritting the message
handling code to use the Mail::Internet modules available for Perl.
I keep reading that version 2 is well on it's way, but refering to a book I
have that was published I think in '94, it seems that Majordomo v2 was on
it's way then too.
A colleague told me about an open source program distributed under the GPL
called mailman which is currently in version 2.0beta6 which offered all the
functionality or majordomo plus more. I downloaded it with the idea of
looking at it and installed it. I must say that it is IMHO far superior to
mj. It includes automatic digesting and archiving and even provides a web
based interface to the configuration and management functions and the
archive which can be viewed in a number of different ways. I think I will
now use mailman as my MLM.
What I am trying to say, is that sure, mj seems like it is a good product,
and given the wide spread use of it, I have no doubt that it is (when you
can get it working), but unless it develops somewhat faster than it appears
to be at the moment, then other products, e.g. mailman are clearly going to
take the lead.
So come on guys, get on with it. Make majordomo a product I, as a MLM
manager cannot afford to be without.
P.S. Check out http://www.list.org/ for more information on mailman.