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How to go from ezmlm to Mailman

Offline holck

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How to go from ezmlm to Mailman
« on: July 19, 2017, 10:50:16 AM »
I recently shifted from ezmlm to Mailman for a dozen mailing-lists, and it went quite smoothly. I did this, because ezmlm seems outdated, and Mailman offers more possibilities and seems easier to administrate. Here is a "how to":

Preparations:
Then, for each of your lists do
  • Get subscribers:
    $ 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
  • 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
    $ /opt/mailman/bin/check_perms -f
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Offline Stefano

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Re: How to go from ezmlm to Mailman
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2017, 11:27:51 AM »
Well done and thank you for sharing
Would you mind to ask for a wiki access and add it to the wiki?
Thank you again

Offline holck

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Re: How to go from ezmlm to Mailman
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2017, 11:02:55 AM »
Well done and thank you for sharing
Would you mind to ask for a wiki access and add it to the wiki?
Thank you again
Thanks, I can easily add the how-to to the wiki. Should I make it a part of the description of Mailman (wiki.contribs.org/Mailman)?
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Offline Stefano

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Re: How to go from ezmlm to Mailman
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2017, 11:16:48 AM »
I'd say yes..

Hope HSF will step in, he's our wiki master ;-)

Offline Jean-Philippe Pialasse

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Re: How to go from ezmlm to Mailman
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2017, 09:21:15 PM »
I have updated the mailman wiki with your how to.

For your information, ezmlm is still pretty solid and the 3.3.1 interface allow a pretty easy configuration of the list. Also using, smeserver-userpanel you can delegate lists to users.