This was written assuming that the reader is familiar with Python software installation and tools like git and virtualenv.
Also, please note the first paragraph of the introduction. This is documentation of my decisions and experiences. It is not a how-to and does not replace the documentation at http://docs.list.org/
I've been asked to provide more information about some of the things that may be unfamiliar to some users.
In the Migration section, I refer to a /opt/mailman/git/ directory containing clones of the various GitLab projects and the 'pull' and 'build' scripts to pull and install updates. First, you need git which can be installed via your OS package manager if you don't have it. The cloned projects themselves are created in the /opt/mailman/git/ directory. This is done using one of two git commands for each project. If you have a gitlab account with your SSH key(s), you can
git clone email@example.com:mailman/project_name.git
for each project. Otherwise, you can
git clone https://gitlab.com/mailman/project_name.git
I also mention in the Installation section, creating a Python 3.6 virtualenv. Python 3.6 is currently the minimum required. It could just as well be any later Python 3 version and should be the latest available on your server.
Creating the /opt/mailman/mm/venv virtualenv is done by
or if you want to specify a Python other than the default
virtualenv -p /path/to/desired/python venv
This is then activated by
When active in a particular shell, it can be deactivated with the command
or by exiting that shell.
If you don't have virtualenv, it can be installed with pip or via your OS package manager. For the latter, it might be a package named virtualenv or python3-virtualenv.