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Mailman - Mailing List Software

bullet Introduction

Mailman for VPS helps manage E-Mail discussion lists and provides simple list management on the Web. Mailman was written in Python, with some sections in C for security purposes. Mailman features include support for the following:

  • Various types of lists, including moderated ones
  • Web-based list administration for most tasks including list configuration, moderation (post approvals), and user account management
  • Integrated bounce detection within an extensible framework
  • Automatic disposition of bouncing addresses (disable, unsubscribe)
  • User configuration management, including Web-based subscribing and unsubscribing
  • List options that can be easily set through a remotely editable configuration file
  • Regular delivery, plain digests, and MIME digests
  • Archival and remote retrieval of messages
  • Integrated spam filtering and auto-replies


bullet Installation
To install Mailman on your VPS, connect via Telnet or SSH and do the following, according to your VPS O/S.
  • FreeBSD & Solaris
    if you don't already have it installed, install python2, then
    issue these commands:

    % vinstall mailman
    % rehash

    The rehash command relinks the wrapper scripts, such as the newlist comand, and links any new commands that may have been installed. If you want to change your administrative password, use the mmsitepass command.

    % mmsitepass NEW-PASSWORD


bullet Mailing Lists
To create a mailing list:

  1. Type newlist at the command prompt.

    1. Type the name of the list.
    2. Type the email address of the administrator of the list.
    3. Type the initial mailing list name password.

  2. The newlist command generates a list of E-Mail Aliases that must be now added to the VPS. These e-mail aliases must be added before Mailman will function properly. You will receive instructions at your administrator email address about how to access the new list of e-mail aliases.

  3. Start your Web browser. To access and administer your mailing list, go to:

    The Mailman screen appears.

  4. Click your mailing list.

  5. Type your password in the text box; then click Let Me In. The mailing list General Options screen appears.


bullet More Information
To ensure that you have current information about Mailman, subscribe to one of the Mailman Mailing Lists.

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