MikeL's FreeBSD howto - MailMan

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(last mod 22-Apr-2018)

Had to edit /usr/local/mailman/Mailman/Defaults.py
and change: SMTP_MAX_RCPT = 500
as my sendmail log was showing "Too many recipients" from "sm-mta" after some of my mailman list sends. Note that I have max recips set lower (25) in sendmail due to morons who CC: a huge block causing all sorts of havoc.

[from here on down was Dec-2006] Install mailman via directions. Be sure to first read README.SENDMAIL and README.BSD. You will need to use --with-cgi-gid.

Put all your aliases into /etc/mail/aliases.mailman so it can put it's mailman-specific alias db here. (You can't put it in the mailman dir due to the group-writable dir which other parts of mailman need -- sendmail disallows aliases in a group-writable dir.) You'll add something like the following to your .mc file:
define(`ALIAS_FILE', `/etc/mail/aliases,/usr/local/majordomo/aliases.majordomo,/etc/mail/aliases.mailman')

Check /var/log/maillog for errors.

Creating a new list
Go to your favorite shell:
cd /usr/local/mailman/bin ./newlist

Be sure to add the -owner alias of all lists to your 'mailman' list.

Be sure that you keep around your 'mailman' list -- mailman will croak without it, as it is used for the overarching admin password. Be sure to follow the following steps for this list on making it announcement only.

Announcement-only lists:

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