[BALUG-Admin] details, etc. Re: BALUG lists - lists.balug.org is canonical, temp.balug.org also usable to about 2017-11-30

Rick Moen rick@linuxmafia.com
Thu Sep 21 14:46:42 PDT 2017

Quoting Michael Paoli (Michael.Paoli@cal.berkeley.edu):

> $ id
> uid=38(list) gid=38(list) groups=38(list)
> $ (umask 027 && withlist -l -r fix_url balug-test -u lists.balug.org)
> Importing fix_url...
> Running fix_url.fix_url()...
> Loading list balug-test (locked)
> Saving list
> Finalizing
> $ 

For those playing along at home:

  linuxmafia:/var/lib/mailman/bin# ./fix_url.py
  Reset a list's web_page_url attribute to the default setting.

  This script is intended to be run as a bin/withlist script, i.e.

  % bin/withlist -l -r fix_url listname [options]

      -u urlhost
          Look up urlhost in the virtual host table and set the web_page_url and
          host_name attributes of the list to the values found.  This
          essentially moves the list from one virtual domain to another.

          Without this option, the default web_page_url and host_name values are

      -v / --verbose
          Print what the script is doing.

  If run standalone, it prints this help text and exits.

'withlist' ($MAILMAN_HOME/bin/withlist) is a 'General framework for
interacting with a mailing list object.'  It uses Python's interpreter
to modify Mailman binary objects, either interactively or (as Michael 
did here) programmatically.

'-l' = lock the mailing list before futzing with it.  (Good idea.)

'-r' = run the Python script named next on this command line, in this
case fix_url.py.   (It includes an instruction to unlock the mailing
list at the end.)

My instance of withlist doesn't include a '-u' option.  With it, you 
just specify the mailing list as ending parameter.

(Examples are interactive Python, not scripted.)

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