- 1 Mailman
- 1.1 Maintainer
- 1.2 Version
- 1.3 Description
- 1.4 Installation
- 1.5 Configuration
- 1.6 Personalization
- 1.7 Import lists from ezmlm
- 1.8 For more information
- 1.9 Current Issues
- 1.10 Bugs
- 2 Changelog
Mailman is free software for managing electronic mail discussion and e-newsletter lists. Mailman is integrated with the web, making it easy for users to manage their accounts and for list owners to administer their lists. Mailman supports built-in archiving, automatic bounce processing, content filtering, digest delivery, spam filters, and more.
Thanks to Gordon Rowell for developing the rpms.
- for sme8, sme9
yum install smeserver-mailman --enablerepo=smecontribs signal-event mailman-update
or if you want to restart your server
signal-event post-upgrade;signal-event reboot
You should now see a Mailman section under the Configuration section of the server-manager. Please see Known issues below to set up your mailman session. Keep in mind that the mailman administrator password is not the same as the SME Server one, Read the section below to see how find your password.
The administrator of SME Server isn't allowed to create Lists (even from the server-manager), this is how obtain the mailman administrator password. see
[root@sme8dev64 ~]# config show mailman mailman=service SitePass=[YOUR_PASSWORD_IS_HERE] status=enabled
You have to use the value of SitePass as your mailman password to create Lists. If you change the password later with /usr/lib/mailman/bin/mmsitepass you *SHOULD* update SitePass using
config setprop mailman SitePass YOUR_PASSWORD
Error: Unknown virtual host: xxxxxx.xx
Go to http://domain.name/mailman to create new lists.
If your SMEServer has multiple domains configured, do not prepend www. before the virtual domain.
For example: go to http:// virtualdomain.name/mailman to create lists for that domain name.
Keep in mind that no list can have the same name as an ibay or an user so choose the name carefully.
"www" instead of "apache
But if you are not running the contribs compiled version, Mailman's management interface shows up with a CGI error message. It complains about group mismatch error between "www" and "apache". Login as root and apply the following workaround, which was suggested in
id -u apache # should yield 48 id -u www # should yield 102 usermod -u 102 -o apache # makes apache user and www user identical groupmod -g 102 -o apache # make apache group and www group identical
|/var/lib/mailman||location of mailman lists and archives|
|/usr/lib/mailman||location of mailman program files|
|/usr/lib/mailman/aliases||location of qmail alias files|
Command line options
You can do a lot using the command line scripts located in /usr/lib/mailman/bin
|/usr/lib/mailman/bin/mmsitepass||will set the master password for all lists|
|/usr/lib/mailman/bin/list_members [listname]||will list the members of [listname]|
|/usr/lib/mailman/bin/list_admins [listname]||will list all admins of [listname]|
|/usr/lib/mailman/bin/list_lists||will list your mailling lists|
|/usr/lib/mailman/bin/list_owners||will list all owners of mailling lists or will list all mailling list|
Running the script with --help will display the options available
You can transfer lists from another server and keep everything in tact. It's an easy process but the Mailman FAQ and info seems to be sparse and complicated. This simplifies everything.
First stop the mailman service.
Next, tar/zip up the lists.
tar -czvf /temp/mailman.tar.gz /var/lib/mailman
Next, transfer it onto the new server using scp or rsync:
scp -P <sshportnumber> /temp/mailman.tar.gz <newserverip>:/var/lib
rsync --progress -te "ssh -p <sshportnumber>" /temp/mailman.tar.gz <newserverip>:/var/lib
Change to the rpm location.
Install the rpms.
yum localinstall mailman-* smeserver-mailman-*
Extract/untar/unzip the tar/zip file.
tar -xvzf /var/lib/mailman.tar.gz
The lists are transferred but the SME SERVER doesn't know about them. Let the server know about the list:
signal-event mailman-addlist <listname>
All your lists and lists' configurations should now be available at: http://domain.name/mailman
If you want to enable personalization in mailman (make every mail sent with the name of the recipient in the to: field as example or add the name of the user on the text) you do this:
- Create the custom-templates tree, in case it does not exist already: mkdir -p /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/mm_cfg.py/
Copy the hostname file from the templates tree to the templates-custom tree maintaining the directory layout:
cp \ /etc/e-smith/templates/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/mm_cfg.py/30hostname \ /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/mm_cfg.py/30hostname
Now we need to add one line to the custom template fragment to enable personalization:
echo OWNERS_CAN_ENABLE_PERSONALIZATION = 1 >> \ /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/mm_cfg.py/30hostname
To refelct your changes we need to regenerate the file using the following commands:
expand-template /usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/mm_cfg.py signal-event reboot
After the server comes back up again enter your mailing list admin and go to non-digest and in "Should Mailman personalize each non-digest delivery?" choose either yes or full personalization. Test both to see wich one do you like more... Also if you want to add a header with the person name enter in "Header added to mail sent to regular list members" this:
Hello dear %(user_name)s
and mailman is going to replace the string with the name the person used when he/she subscribed.
Import lists from ezmlm
Get the script ezmlm2mbox from http://www.arctic.org/~dean/scripts/ezmlm2mbox
ezmlm-list /home/e-smith/files/ezmlm/lists/mylist > mylist.subscribers
Get denied subscribers:
ezmlm-list /home/e-smith/files/ezmlm/lists/mylist deny > mylist.deny
Convert the ezmlm list to an mbox-file: ./ezmlm2mbox /home/e-smith/files/ezmlm/lists/mylist > mylist.mbox Backup the ezmlm list, just in case ...
tar -czf mylist.tgz /home/e-smith/files/ezmlm/lists/mylist
Then using the server-manager:
- Remove the ezmlm list, via the ezmlm web panel
- Create the new Mailman list, via the Mailman web panel
- Add subscribers to the new list, using the file you made in step 1. I prefer to do this in silence, without letting the subscribers know.
- Check the file mylist.deny from step 2, and - if needed - adjust the settings of your new list accordingly.
Import the mbox to Mailman
cp mylist.mbox /var/lib/mailman/archives/private/mylist.mbox/mylist.mbox /opt/mailman/bin/arch --wipe mylist
Check and fix ownerships and access rights
For more information
- Check submitted bugs in the bug tracker under the contrib component "smeserver-mailman"
- Current mailman release is 2.1.9
Bugzilla:2411: /usr/lib/mailman/aliases and /var/lib/mailman are not currently backed up
|ID||Product||Version||Status||Summary (5 tasks)|
|8453||SME Contribs||9beta||CONFIRMED||first import to sme9 tree [smeserver-mailman]|
|8056||SME Contribs||8.0||CONFIRMED||www and apache order will trigger cgi error|
|2418||SME Contribs||7.1||CONFIRMED||Patch mailman to log extra info on discards|
|2248||SME Contribs||7.0||CONFIRMED||Enable mailman by default on install, restricted to local network admin|
|2247||SME Contribs||7.0||CONFIRMED||Add option to limit mailman web access|
Only released version in smecontrib are listed here.