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This section contains questions pertaining to site administration of GNU Mailman.

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Page: 4.01 How do you get rid of the List-* (RFC 2369) headers? Page: 4.02 Which MTA should I use with Mailman? Page: 4.03 Mailman's internal archiver (Pipermail) doesn't understand MIME! What can I do? Page: 4.04 How can I use an external archiver with Mailman like MHonArc? Page: 4.05 Why don't the footers show up on some list messages? (Mailman 2.0.x) Page: 4.06 How can I backup my Mailman lists-membership-etc on a regular basis? Page: 4.07 How can I rotate my Mailman logs? Page: 4.08 How can I add Namazu as a search engine for my Mailman list archives? Page: 4.09 Summary of the mailman bin commands Page: 4.10 How to use Mailman on a linux-grsec kernel Page: 4.11 What about performance? Page: 4.12 What about VERP? Page: 4.13 How do I prevent MIME attachments-HTML-Viruses being sent to lists Page: 4.14 How do I upgrade from Mailman 2.0.x to Mailman 2.0.y Page: 4.15 How do I filter incoming mail before it hits mailman (e.g., using procmail) Page: 4.16 How do I prevent duplicate copies of email coming to the list Page: 4.17 Why are lists missing from the listinfo page? Page: 4.18 How do I backup my lists and their configurations-membership rosters? Page: 4.19 I get "Could not acquire qrunner lock" in ~mailman-logs-qrunner... Page: 4.20 Who should deal with transient DNS errors? Page: 4.21 Why make changes in mm_cfg.py NOT Defaults.py ? Page: 4.22 Messages that are translated from HTML to plain text are empty or have a body like ""-root-8e8Ta4- Permission denied" Page: 4.23 How do I use SpamAssassin with Mailman? Page: 4.24 How do I create unadvertised lists? Page: 4.25 What is the purpose of the site-wide mailing list? Page: 4.27 Securing Mailman's web GUI by using Secure HTTP-SSL Page: 4.29 Where can I change a list or the default URL used for the web interface? Page: 4.30 How do I configure the admin webpage to show more members per page? Page: 4.31 How do I remove a list via the web or command line? Page: 4.32 How Do I Upgrade version 2.0.x to version 2.1.x? Page: 4.33 How do I put a subscribe form for my list on a web page? Page: 4.34 I don't want the "download full raw archive" link which provides non-antispammed email addresses Page: 4.35 What do I do with a shunt (qfiles-shunt) directory full of files? Page: 4.36 Creating a new list from Web CGI result in "Error- Unknown virtual host" Page: 4.37 How do I stop the archiver from "scrubbing" HTML messages sent to the list? Page: 4.38 How to change some configuration for ALL lists? Page: 4.39 Mailman is munging HTML & MIME-formatted messages before they are sent out? (problems with Mailman 2.1.x footers) Page: 4.40 HowTo Patch Mailman Source Code - a basic overview Page: 4.41 How do I deal with qrunner processes that suck up all available CPU? Page: 4.42 I installed or upgraded Mailman, but now I get the error "NameError global name 'True' is not defined". What can I do? Page: 4.43 How can I add auto-numbering to the subject line of mailing list messages? Page: 4.44 I've installed-upgraded Mailman, but now I get the error "KeyError- 'getgrnam()- name not found'" What can I do? Page: 4.45 The admin web interface is not saving my changes and may or may not ask me to re-enter my password -- what is wrong? Page: 4.46 File extension in pipermail archive is obj or bin, not xls or doc. why? Page: 4.47 Virtual domain hosting with Mailman? Page: 4.48 How can I change the HTML (or .txt) templates used by my mailing lists? Page: 4.49 How do I enable automatic alias generation with sendmail? Page: 4.50 I just did a portupgrade on FreeBSD, but now I get the error "ImportError- No module named os" -- what can I do? Page: 4.51 How do I limit the rate (throttle) at which Mailman sends mail? Page: 4.52 How do I change the subject line format for subscription confirmations? Page: 4.53 Why has my change to mm_cfg.py been ignored? Page: 4.54 How do I get qrunner to run under daemontools? Page: 4.55 Is there a GUI installation tool for Mailman? Page: 4.56 What's with all these Mailman-python-qrunner processes? Why are they eating up all the memory on my server? (performance-tuning tips) Page: 4.57 How do I administer the 'mailman' list (site list)? Page: 4.59 Why is the Mailman mail-to-USENET-news gateway munging the Message-Id- header? Page: 4.62 Why doesn't my public list appear on the listinfo overview page? aka Why can't I create a list from the web? Page: 4.64 What other method to prevent spam-worm? Page: 4.65 Admin Web interface requires reauthentication (e.g., re-entering the password) at every step and doesn't save changes. Page: 4.66 How do I disable "bulk" pipermail archive files (.mbox and .txt)? Page: 4.67 How do I implement a custom handler in Mailman, e.g. to mung headers or filter posts based on regex searches of the message body? Page: 4.68 Why do I get -Errno 2- No such file or directory- referring to a qfiles .pck (or .bak) file in my error log. Page: 4.69 Why aren't my mm_cfg.py settings for DEFAULT_URL_PATTERN, DEFAULT_URL_HOST and DEFAULT_EMAIL_HOST effective? Page: 4.70 How do I change the name of (rename) a list? Page: 4.71 Accessing the web admin interface or private archives via a framed page requires constant reauthorization (e.g., asking me to re-enter my password). Page: 4.72 How do I configure Mailman to use an external SMTP server? Page: 4.73 How do I debug smtp-failure problems - delivery to user-example.com failed with code -1- and Low level smtp error- Page: 4.74 How do I manually remove held messages from the command-line? Page: 4.75 How do I set up a Mailman cluster or to load-balance Mailman between multiple servers? Page: 4.76 I can't access one of my lists via the web interface. One of my lists is not sending mail. List locked. Page: 4.78 Troubleshooting- No mail going out to lists members Page: 4.79 I upgraded mailman, but now the web interface says "Bug in Mailman version X.Y.Z" and the apache error log says "IOError- -Errno 13- Permission denied- '-usr-local-mailman-logs-error'" Page: 4.80 How do I upgrade from Mailman 2.1.x to a later Mailman 2.1.y? Page: 4.81 How do I change one setting on all lists? Page: 4.82 How do I filter or scrub content before checking if a message is "too big"? Page: 4.83 What are the Mailman Public HTML variables and their meaning? Page: 4.84 How do I run Mailman using separate email and web servers? Page: 4.85 Why am I receiving bounces of password reminders following upgrade to 2.1.11+ Page: 4.86 How do I use VERP with a '-' delimiter (Postfix recipient_delimiter)? Page: 4.87 How do I invoke some process on messages as they are added to the pipermail archive Page: 4.88 How to run Mailman as a relay Page: 4.89 How do I use MySQL or LDAP to store/retrieve list member settings and information. Page: 4.90 My list's moderator interface and plain format digests have garbled non-ascii. Change English charset to utf-8. Page: 4.91 Can I limit the number of posts in a given time period per member and/or per list?
  1. Jul 31, 2008

    This section used to have numbers for each question, and a LOT of archived mailing list questions are answered with "See FAQ question 4.29" then link to this page. 

    But this page does not have numbered questions, nor are the questions in numerical order any more.  This makes it hard to find answers to questions that could otherwise be easily answered by a search in Google or the mailing list.

  2. Jul 31, 2008

    Ok - in the spirit of the wiki, I went in and added the numbers back in to the page titles.  I added leading 0's to the early numbers as the wiki sorts alphabetically.  Hope this is useful to others.

  3. Aug 01, 2008

    Hm. I specifically left the numbers out of the titles when I converted the FAQ because I figured they made it harder for people to find the things they wanted when browsing the list of entries, and anyone who wanted to find FAQ 4.3 or whatever could just search...

  4. Aug 04, 2008

    That could be true, but doing a search (or asking a question of a mailing list) then getting an answer that then has to be resolved by doing a further search is a step too far for me.  And removing the numbers still leaves a list where most of the questions begin with "How do".

    IMHO the numbers are more useful in the list than they are in the articles themselves.  Although, having put them back in I see that the numbers don't imply any order to the actual FAQs.  Breaking up this list into different categories might be useful, but I'm not sure how to achieve that with this wiki system.

  5. Aug 05, 2008

    Yeah, the numbers only provide info on when an entry was added. It's useful historically, and because people have in the past referred to FAQ entries by their numbers, but somewhat counter productive when it comes to grouping information. I figured people were better off with just titles so they wouldn't assume any ordering. (edit: Plus, you don't have a whole pile of pages that start with "4..." in the dashboard change listing...)

    I'd love to see someone organize the FAQ into better sub-categories. We've just had the wiki software upgraded, so there may be better tools for this now.

  6. Aug 28, 2008

    What would be super cool would be some way of forwarding links from the old FAQ sections to the new ones - everyones bookmarks now get forwarded to the front page of the FAQs.  Again - having the numbers in the list allows one to look at the old URL and figure out where the page they are looking for is.

    Agree that some better organisation would be useful.  Maybe I'll roll up my sleeves one of these days.