Configuring mailman with web server different from mail server

Eric Crist mnslinky at
Tue Aug 21 12:13:44 PDT 2007

On Aug 21, 2007, at 11:45 AMAug 21, 2007, Chuck Swiger wrote:

> On Aug 20, 2007, at 9:51 PM, Olivier Nicole wrote:
>> I am trying to install mailman from the ports.
>> I have different machine for the mail server and the web server and I
>> am trying to figure if this configuration is workable.
>> The MTA is sendmail, where could I find configure example?
> You can have Mailman use a non-local SMTP server by adjusting the  
> Mailman/ file (see, but it's somewhat  
> annoying to do this as you will have to copy over the list aliases  
> onto the mailserver, rather than having the newlist command do so  
> automagically for you.
> I suppose you could do the same for a non-local webserver, but that  
> would be even more difficult: you'd almost have to set up  
> filesharing between the two machines so that the list archives and  
> the various Mailman web resources are available on the webserver.
> If you've already got a webserver somewhere that you'd want to use,  
> you'd be better off running Mailman on there....

Others will probably laugh me off the list, but my recommendation for  
such things is to use the Apache ProxyPass stuff.  My mail server  
here contains all the web interface controls/etc on the mail server  
itself.  My webserver has a simply ProxyPass and ProxyPassReverse  
statement to make it appear as though everything resides on the one  
web server, and thus, one domain.  The advantage to this, as well, is  
there are no direct connections made to my mail server for the web  
interface through the firewall, since everything from outside is  
hitting my dedicated web server.


Eric F Crist
Secure Computing Networks

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