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Mon 24 August 2009

Managing mailman on the command line

Even though we moved our email from OS X server to google apps for education - we still manage our lists with a local mailman instance (still on 10.4). However the web based interface for adding new members can be a bit of a pain as it never seems to remember the right authorization when switching between lists - luckily mailman has some great command line tools.

These are documented here:

[http://www.list.org/site.html](http://www.list.org/site.html)

They are located in /usr/share/mailman/bin/

so you may want to add that to your path in .bash_profile

most have decent help summary with --help arg at command line

while the remove_members command accepts addresses on the command line itself:

remove_members [options] [listname] [addr1 ...]

remove_members staff frank@foo.com

The add_members command specifically wants file input. Sometimes I just want to add 2-3 so I use this trick:

add_members -r - staff <<-EOF

>sue@foo.com

>bob@bar.com

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