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Your password should reach you in a separate, automated email.
 
Your password should reach you in a separate, automated email.
  
We strongly recommend that you read the available documentation of the
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We use a program called Mailman for our mailing lists. Mailman is quite intuitive. If you have any difficulty, however, we strongly recommend that you read the available documentation:
software you are about to use:
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http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/index.html
 
http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/index.html
  
as you will be dealing with the moderation of that list. We might be able
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Now that your list has been created, it will be you dealing with the moderation of that list. We might be able to provide assistance with the technical aspects beyond your control, but the day to day administration and moderation of the list should be done by the owner of the list with the help of the documentation available:
to provide assistance with the technical aspects beyond your control, but  
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the day to day administration and moderation of the list should be done  
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by the owner of the list with the help of the documentation available:
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http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/docs.html
 
http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/docs.html
  
If you find it difficult to read it on line, a text version is available
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If you find it difficult to read it on line, a text version is available here which can be printed and/or read off line:
here which can be printed and/or read off line:
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http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/admins.html
 
http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/admins.html
  
In any case, mailman admin is quite intuitive :)
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If you have further questions or the software does not "behave" as the manual says it should, please provide us with examples of events, with the dates and times in which they happened. There is a list of ways to contact us here:
  
best,
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https://en.wiki.aktivix.org/Aktivix:TechnicalInfrastructure
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aktivix

Revision as of 02:08, 21 January 2009

Mailing Lists

information on setting up a mailman list

To create a mailing list, go to this page:

https://lists.aktivix.org/mailman/create

fill the fields and put the "master" password.

The list-owner then needs to be subscribed to the aktivix-users mailing list:

this is done automatically by the /root/scripts/lists.aktivix.org/addlistadmins.sh script nightly

proposed text to admins

Hi,

your list has now been created. [link to list admin interface] Your password should reach you in a separate, automated email.

We use a program called Mailman for our mailing lists. Mailman is quite intuitive. If you have any difficulty, however, we strongly recommend that you read the available documentation:

http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/index.html

Now that your list has been created, it will be you dealing with the moderation of that list. We might be able to provide assistance with the technical aspects beyond your control, but the day to day administration and moderation of the list should be done by the owner of the list with the help of the documentation available:

http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/docs.html

If you find it difficult to read it on line, a text version is available here which can be printed and/or read off line:

http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/admins.html

If you have further questions or the software does not "behave" as the manual says it should, please provide us with examples of events, with the dates and times in which they happened. There is a list of ways to contact us here:

https://en.wiki.aktivix.org/Aktivix:TechnicalInfrastructure

all the best,

aktivix

information on deleting a mailman list

Here is an example on deleting a list called fnord@lists.aktivix.org

log on to your shell a/c on lists.aktivix.org

alan@somme:~> cd /srv/lists.aktivix.org/mailman/bin/
alan@somme:~> sudo ./rmlist fnord

This keeps the archives of the list available

to remove the archives also do

alan@somme:~> cd /srv/lists.aktivix.org/mailman/bin/
alan@somme:~> sudo ./rmlist -a fnord

Ignore any messages about aliases

Users

Here is how to set up a user for an @aktivix.org email address

This is for fizzgog@aktivix.org
sudo /usr/sbin/useradd -s /bin/false -m \
-c "Some Comment - like created by BoneIdol 21-09-2006" \
-d /home/fizzgog fizzgog
sudo chmod 711 /home/fizzgog
sudo passwd fizzgog

Use vim ( or your favourite editor ) to edit the following files - read instructions about tabstops at the top. The users bit is hand added at the top/middle.. the lists entries are machine added at the bottom.

  • /etc/mail/genericstable
  • /etc/mail/virtusertable

and then run SuSEConfig and add them to the users maillist

sudo /sbin/SuSEconfig 

then, need to manually add the new mailbox @aktivix.org, to this list:

https://lists.aktivix.org/mailman/admin/aktivix-users

and while doing that, send them the text below, or similar:

Text to send to old email address (suggestion)

Hi,

I have now created your aktivix email address, and whith this you are subscribed to the users list - please do not attempt to unsubscribe from this list, it is part of the "deal" for having an aktivix account.

You may have received this information but now you can have it in your aktivix inbox too. You can log here:

https://www.aktivix.org/horde

(or, easier to remember, just go to aktivix.org then click on "email for aktivists")

You will be informed about a certificate. Please answer in the positive, accept the certificate and add the exception, if you are using one of the latest versions of firefox. If you don't manage to log in, please download firefox on http://mozilla.com. It will allow you to log in to your aktivix address with an encrypted connection.

Please log in as soon as possible (right now would be an excellent idea) and change your password immediately, if it has been emailed to you. To do this, click on Password, at the bottom of your screen. Please make sure your password is not a word you can find in a dictionary. Include at least one number, for instance.

You will probably need to log in again after changing your password.

In order to send emails using horde, you will need to allow pop-up windows for aktivix.

You will probably see that your address is set up to be @burngreave.net. This is due to some necessary server settings. To change your outgoing email address, click on Inbox, then on Options, then on Personal Information, then on Edit your identities, select your default identity and write your address @aktivix.org in the field "Your From: address:"

There is some documentation on horde, the software we use for aktivix web mail, here:

http://www.ph.utexas.edu/~ericr/horde/index.php

Of course you can also set up your mail client to receive mail via pop or imap. Settings are:

POP Mail Server: springnight.burngreave.net

Security Settings: SSL (this will use port 995)

Outgoing server is the same - springnight.burngreave.net Select use TLS. The SMTP port will be 25.

If you have any questions you can find us on irc.indymedia.org, channel #aktivix, or email back, or aktivix-discuss@lists.aktivix.org, where there are other aktivix users. It would actually be an excellent idea to subscribe yourself there: http://lists.aktivix.org/aktivix-discuss

All the best

aktivix


Simple troubleshooting

Some times things get stuck. These are some solutions to some problems found in the past.

--Password changing problems --

Notice: fputs(): send of 176 bytes failed with errno=32 Broken pipe in /usr/local/httpd/htdocs/horde/passwd/lib/Driver/poppassd.php on line 74

sudo killall poppassd

Discussion about having a webform for list creation

18:19 < echo> Alster: can you tell us what https://newlist.indymedia.org/ does?
18:20 <@Alster> echo: https://newlist.indymedia.org/ is nothing else but a formmail interface
18:20 < gdm> we were just wondering whether the newlist.indy form auto completes stuff like admin email, chosen password, etc. or whether ...
18:20 < gdm> ahh, you beat me to it!
18:21 < gdm> so i think it just sends an email request, so not much more automation than we have already
18:21 < echo> pity
18:21 <@Alster> the stuff you enter there is sent to indymedias support ticketing system
18:21 < echo> who then have manually to enter it into the /mailman/create page?
18:21 <@Alster> yes it's very dump
18:21 <@Alster> its sole purpose is to get the needed information
18:22 <@Alster> and even that doesn't work too well always
18:22 <@Alster> we enter it manually either in the webberface or using the mailman scripts
18:23 <@Alster> i'm quite convinced it is possible to pipe this information in to mailman's scripts
18:23 <@Alster> but you'd still want to have a human double check those requests
18:24 < echo> we'd want to do that anyway, and to authorise them
18:25 < echo> at least, I would
18:26 <@Alster> check /var/lib/mailman/bin/ on your mailman installation
18:26 <@Alster> it has all the scripts
18:27 <@Alster> the newlist script sets up new lists (doh!)
18:30 <@Alster> if you look at its help (newlist --help) page, you'll notice it lacks most of the configuration options
18:30 <@Alster> you can set them by writing your own script which parses some user input and stores it into a python script
18:31 <@Alster> this python script needs to have a format of what you get with: config_list -o - mailman
18:33 <@Alster> you can then import the python script (the actual config file for you new list) using config_list -i /path/to/python-script-you-wrote nameofnewmailinglist