Duplicate Entries in Aliases/Virtual-Mailman File

Bug #266354 reported by Chris-taylor on 2006-08-02
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GNU Mailman

Bug Description


we are using mailman-2.1.7 in cooperation with the
postfix mta. While fiddling around with pipe transport
we recovered the following problem:

Create a mailing list named: students
Create a mailing list named: students-request

A duplicated entry for students-request in the alias
file and in the virtual-mailman file.

Shouldn't there be a check for avoiding duplicate entries?

The postalias command reports this duplicate entry....

The postfix-to-mailman.py script also is not able to
handle the duplicate entries....




Barry Warsaw (barry) wrote :

Because each mailing list really consists of a number of
aliases, of which <listname>-request is one, you cannot
create a mailing list witht he same basename and -request.
While this won't change, perhaps Mailman should refuse to
create such -request mailing lists (and -owner, -bounces, etc.)

Chris-taylor (chris-taylor) wrote :

The refusal of listnames ending with the "administrative
extensions" (like -bounces etc.) sounds good to me.

But maybe other users schould comment if this restriction is
viable for them.....
Because there might be users who want to create lists like:
This is no problem as long as there are no lists named house
or feature....

Thank you for this good piece of software


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