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Re: use octets; and "escaping the piranha's"

Russ Allbery
February 11, 2000 19:51
Re: use octets; and "escaping the piranha's"
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Ilya Zakharevich <> writes:

> A normal case of bait-and-switch.  It is advertised (maybe not by
> authors, but by the third parties) as useful.  It *looks* useful when
> you start using it.  The moment you understand which pit you got into
> [I"M NOT A MAJORDOMO USER, this is all hearsay] you invested so much
> time trying to fix things that it makes switching to other solutions
> very painful.

Works fine for me.  Has for years.  It's a nice low-end mailing list
server.  It's not what you want these days if you're running huge mailing
lists, but that's not so much its fault as the product of changing
expectations in what a mailing list manager should do.  These days, for
large mailing lists used by fairly unclued users, you need web interfaces
and other UIs beyond the simple command-driven approach, and automated
bounce handling is now a standard feature rather than highly tricky and
experimental business.

I still run almost all of my mailing lists on majordomo, and in the years
I've used it the only changes I've had to make are one minor patch to fix
a bug in subject line keywords, one patch to change its assumption of
owner-list to list-owner, and glue to sit between it and qmail when I
switched away from sendmail.

Russ Allbery (         <URL:> Perl Programming lists via nntp and http.
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