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Re: Advice on mailing list software -- special requirements




Ok this is not Linux its Haiku based but I wrote an open source mailing list system called MailMistress which is on Github for situations where you need to run a list on a machine without a public IP or where you want to interface the database of subscribers to an existing system. In our case we have a MySQL database of society members and MailMistress connects to that - you just write a connector script/program.

If its of interest I can provide further details.


On 24/10/2018 17:47, Miles Fidelman wrote:

On 10/24/18 6:45 AM, rhkramer@xxxxxxxxx wrote:

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018 12:32:15 AM Miles Fidelman wrote:

> Yes, but you really need a PUBLIC static IP address, or things tend to

> get hairy.� Dynamic DNS will help, but only to a point.� And, a lot of

> ISPs really don't like it if you run servers at the edge.�

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We are currently such a small group, I don't think it will be an issue -- if that changes, we can change.


Which - DynDNS or ISP objections?

The thing about dynamic DNS is that people cache DNS records - mail sent to the list WILL go to the wrong place on occasion.

Re. ISP objections - those objections sometimes take the form of active measures that block various kinds of traffic.

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> Bummer.� But maybe another, larger, Linux user group might help you

> out?� I expect there might be somebody on this list who might volunteer

> (hint, hint).� Maybe somebody at a nearby university - I believe you

> have a few of those in the Lehigh Valley :-)

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We've had somebody make such an offer, and we'll probably take them up on it -- I sort of wanted to try to set up a small mail list on one of my computers, as long as I didn't have to run a web server or a *nix style MTA

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Now that is kind of hard to do.� All the mailing list servers that I've worked with require a rather intimate interconnection with the MTA that processes mail.� And that's before you "wire in" anti-spam and anti-virus filters.� And, you'll need a webserver for access to various administrative functions, and archive access.� Depending on the list server, you might also require a dbms.� Setting up list services can be an entertaining and educational exercise (also frustrating), but it's not simple.� (Actually, the simplest approach is using an MTA and managing lists in the alias file.)

Miles Fidelman

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