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Mailing Lists

information on setting up a mailman list

Here is an example of creating a list called fnord@lists.aktivix.org

go to this page:


fill the fields and put the password.

ignore any messages about aliases

Log on to your shell a/c at lists.burngreave.net to subscribe the List Admin is subbed to the list-admins mailing list

sudo /usr/local/mailman/bin/add_members -r - list-admins

At this last command you type the email of the list admins ( you'll have this from above )

then press ctrl-d to finish

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


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 
sudo /usr/local/mailman/bin/add_members -r - users

Then it will wait for you to type the email address/es you want to subscribe to that list. When you finish, remember to type ctrl-D and it will be done

Text to send to old email address (suggestion)


I have now created your aktivix email address. You can log here:


You will be informed about a certificate. Always say "yes" or "ok". 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.

Your user name is ....

And your password is ...

Please log in as soon as possible (right now would be an excellent idea) and change your password immediately. 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, 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:


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


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