Plesk provides mail list capabilities via MailMan which is one of those Unix programs (services) that has just been around forever. The software is pretty much rock solid and hasn’t been updated in ages. It does what it says on the tin. It allows users to sign up for a mail list and manage their delivery options. As far as administering a MailMan list goes there is about a thousand trees worth of documentation. Once the application was completed the developers had no more excuses and so had to finish writing the documentation as well ;) Although the documentation is very thorough you do, kind of, have to read almost all of it in order to find the bits you want. It is like writing socket applications - loads of documentation and options but you generally just reuse the same 5 lines! MailMan has just the same characteristics, there are only a couple of things you need to do. So here is a cheatsheet for the most commonly used URLs for managing a MailMan list. For the purpose of the following examples I will assume the list in question is called
my-list-nameand list email address is
firstname.lastname@example.org. Normal user login List email address = email@example.com Password reminder, subscribe and unsubscribe http://lists.example.com/mailman/options/my-list-name Administrator login http://lists.example.com/mailman/admin/my-list-name Archive - email history http://lists.example.com/mailman/private/my-list-name/ Export list members This exports the list of members in the following form and places one member per line:
“Full name” <emailaddress>From the command line:
/usr/lib/mailman/bin/list_members -f my-list-nameList commands Send blank email with subject of:
-requeston the end) List of members Send blank email with subject of:
-requeston the end) Subscribe to list http://lists.example.com/mailman/listinfo/my-list-name Fill in “Subscribing to My-List-Name” section. Personal settings http://lists.example.com/mailman/options/my-list-name Change email address From the following page you can unsubscribe from the list using your old email address. When you have unsubscribed from the list you can add yourself back on under a different email address and password. http://lists.example.com/mailman/options/my-list-name Administration section http://lists.example.com/mailman/admin/my-list-name/general
Comment from: Anne [Visitor]
Thank you for this, it has stopped me tearing my hair out trying to copy the list off a server before we migrate to new hosting. Such simple instructions are a lifesaver!
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