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Mailman: How to add members to a mailing list

Heddi Nabbisen
An ICT designer/developer and a security monk with "a cool brain and a warm heart". OpenBSD/Rust etc. Interested in social issues and relationships. Founder of Scqr Inc.
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Here is how to add members to GNU Mailman's lists with a plain text file.

* "Mailman" in this post means not Mailman 3 but Mailman 2, because I use OpenBSD.

The add_members command is the way.

Create a file to write members of a list in it. Its name is, for example, mailman-xxx.list:

user1@some.fqdn
user2@some.fqdn
user3@another.fqdn
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Run add_members for $LIST_NAME (replace this with your list's name):

# /usr/local/lib/mailman/bin/add_members \
    -r mailman-xxx.list $LIST_NAME \
    # disable to send welcome messages to new members \
    -w n
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Then, your members are printed as registration success:

Subscribed: user1@some.fqdn
Subscribed: user2@some.fqdn
Subscribed: user3@another.fqdn
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