Unix mailing list servers
comp.mail.list-admin.software newsgroup is a good place for help/info.
Mailing List Software:
- Managing Mailing Lists by Alan Schwartz and Paula Ferguson (Editors), from O'Reilly and Associates, focuses on Unix and particularly Listserv, Majordomo, ListProc, and SmartList. Paperback, published March 1998
Mailing List related utilities:
- Courier by Double Precision, Inc. "The Courier mail transfer agent (MTA) is an integrated mail server suite that provides ESMTP, IMAP, POP3, webmail, and mailing list services within a single, consistent, framework. It grew out of several related projects, that merged together (more on that later). Courier implements SMTP extensions for mailing list management and spam filtering. Courier can function as an intermediate mail relay, relaying mail between an internal LAN and the Internet, or perform final delivery to mailboxes. Courier uses maildirs as its native mail storage format, but it can also deliver mail to legacy mailbox files as well."
- Ecartis is a modular mailing list package; it runs on several flavors of
UNIX and does not require any special permissions to run. It is based off
of a plugin architecture, allowing easy upgrades and additional features,
and allows individual users to have subscription flags to determine how
they interact with the listserver.
- EZMLM and EZMLM/IDX work in conjunction with QMail
- Inframail by Infradig for Windows or Unix is a mail server (POP, IMAP, web-mail, mailing lists) and news server.
- ListProc by CREN
- Listserv and Listserv Lite by L-Soft (also note free version of Listserv Lite)
- Lyris ListManager by Lyris Technologies, Inc. The Multiview module makes it so that the mailing lists can be read and posted to via newsreading software.
- Mailman Mailing List Manager by the Mailman Cabal. (alternate URL) "Mailman is software to help manage email discussion lists, much like Majordomo and Smartmail. Unlike most similar products, Mailman gives each mailing list a web page, and allows users to subscribe, unsubscribe, etc. over the web. Even the list manager can administer his or her list entirely from the web. Mailman also integrates most things people want to do with mailing lists, including archiving, mail-to-news gateways, and so on."
- Majordomo. See also Jason's Majordomo page, which includes information about version 2 of Majordomo.
- Minimalist by Vladimir Litovka. "Minimalist stands for Minimalistic Mailing Lists Manager. Although it is declared as minimalistic, it has many features as his eldest brosers, such as Majordomo and so on, but in contrast to them it is very small, fast, simple for setup and maintenance. Also it has very clean internal structure and if you are familiar with Perl, you can add as many additional features, as you need."
- Minordomo is a minimalist mailing list manager
- Shibboleth (actually OS independent Perl). "A privacy and security aware mailing list manager, perfect for allowing closed groups to interact on the Internet without interference from outsiders and former insiders."
- SmartList works in conjunction with Procmail. See the online manual.
- Subscriber by Index Finger, is a mailing list manager that includes a convenient interface for subscribing/unsubscribing from lists.
- Sympa is similar to some well-known list managers such as Majordomo or Smartlist but is designed to be highly customizable, easy to manage and efficient. Sympa is therefore a nice solution for managing small intranet mailing lists as well as very large ISP mailing list services. WWSympa is a web interface for users/admins.
- WebCrossing is a "community" package, meaning it provides a web site and communication packages for virtual communities. Web, Webmail, POP3/IMAP/SMTP, web-based and NNTP forums, and can run mailing lists.
- BounceFilter for handling error messages generated by temporarily or permanently unavailable e-mail addresses.
- Gmane (GNU Mail To News And Back Again) archives mailing lists as newsgroups and allows posts via nntp to be mirrored to the list.
- HURL: The Hypertext Usenet Reader & Linker by Gerald Oskoboiny provides a searchable Web interface to Usenet news or mailing list archives.
- Hypermail Mail Archive Management Tool (converts archives to HTML)
- Listat "is an Internet mailing list statistics package. It can be used by list owners to generate stats about their lists in text as well as in HTML format, suitable for posting on the web. Listat is written in Perl."
- MailBounce for Windows, Unix/Linux, and Mac OS (OS, OS X, OS X Server). "is the intelligent way to process bounces from Internet mailing lists. MailBounce is currently being used by list owners around the world, on lists ranging from 20 subscribers to more than ten million subscribers. It has successfully processed real-world bounce files in excess of 40 gigabytes, containing nearly two million unique bounce addresses. MailBounce recognizes more than 99% of all bounces in typical bounce files."
- MHonArc is an email to HTML conversion tool, handy for putting mailing list archives on the web. Has links to web scripts that will let you search the MHonArc produced archives.
- Wilma is the Web Interface to List Mail Archives, written by Dave Wolfe and Jason Tibbitts with nods to Achim Bhonet and Tom Christiansen. Wilma is a relatively simple bit of Perl which links together the MHonArc mail-to-HTML converter and the Glimpse search engine.
- SmartBounce, by Orion Software, Ltd., is an automated mail-bounce handler for Internet
mailing lists. Separates bounces into "hard" and "soft" categories, tracks
the bounces over time, and allows you to set thresholds for removal of
defunct addresses from your mailing list. Will also match bounce addresses
to your mailing list addresses. (various Unix flavors, as well as Linux).
- Stump moderation utility. Optional WebStump graphical interface. Can also handle newsgroups.
- Perl Mailing List Management scripts, some for the admin, some for subscribers
- Forum News Gateway from the Math Forum is no longer supported. Their new tool is Epigone, which does newsgroups, mailing lists, and web discussions.
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