[development] Re: [drupal-devel] mailman wrapper module

Gerhard Killesreiter gerhard at killesreiter.de
Tue Nov 8 21:47:22 UTC 2005

Peter John Hartman wrote:

> There has been some interest in this project I'm working on on the 
> #drupal
> channel, so I thought I'd also broadcast a little heads up over the 
> mailing
> list.
> I'm finishing up a module that wraps the CLI of mailman.  It allows 
> you to
> add, modify, and delete users and lists, and, as an added bonus, since it
> was developed for computer illiterates, there's a nicely designed
> Step-by-Step (EZ) mailing list creation ditty included as well.  The 
> code is
> still imperfect, but it's shaping up.

What I am wondering about is this:

Drupal usually runs as the Apache user, that is wwwdata or similar. For 
security reasons this user often has not a lot of rights. Mailman OTOH 
has its own user which requires special rights mainly on the mailman 
files. If I - for example - try to create a mailing list through the 
CLI, I always need to make sure I have sufficient powers (become root, 
use su, or sudo). Why does it work for you and not me? :p


> Anyway, I know a couple of you are interested in this; and I'm also in
> contact with the mailman people about integrating xmlrpc and some mysql
> patches that might go along with this module. Right now it works off
> straight vanilla mailman, but there are some technical puzzles to work 
> out
> with regards to their user management.
> Drop me a line if you are interested in what I'm doing. I've checked the
> thing in as "mlist" and wrote a little precis at
> http://drupal.org/node/36863.
> Cheers and keep up the good works, Peter

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