minimalist config, (was Lock down the all-staff email list? sendmail, alias, majordomo?)

brad davison demonichandextensions at
Tue May 20 16:39:14 UTC 2008

> Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 15:07:31 -0400
> From: bitabyss at
> To: freebsd-questions at
> Subject: Re: Lock down the all-staff email list? sendmail, alias, majordomo?
> brad davison wrote:
> > What is the best way to have a list that only certain users are able to send to?
> That sounds like you're getting into a full blown mailing0list package.  I set up the "minimalist" port for a small list last year.  Small & very easy to config.  I think it has the restriction you want.
>   -R

The majordomo and mailman were a bit more than what I was looking for.  The minimalist port does look like it does exactly what I'm looking for, but I'm having an issue getting it configured.

My minimalist port seems to have been installed in '/usr/local/share/minimalist' and the config file appears to be in '/usr/local/etc/minimalist.conf'.  All files are under the '/usr/local/share' folder except the minimalist.conf in '/usr/local/etc'

I have set the directory directive to '/usr/local/share/minimalist' in the '/usr/local/etc/minimalist.conf' and created my list directories under there, but I am not able to see it when I send 'info' message to 'minimalist at'.

reply from server for email with 'info' as subject:
These are the mailing lists available at

Sincerely, the Minimalist

under /usr/local/share/minimalist:

My list.lst file has:
farm        The Farm mailing list.
south        Mailing list for Southern area.

I have the farm and south directories with a very short list file:
ric at  
brad at

my /usr/local/etc/minimalist.conf (only non-commented lines)
directory = /usr/local/share/minimalist
password = 12345
admin = brad at
auth = mailfrom brad at

Any ideas where I might be going wrong?  The mechanism seems to be working, as I can send messages to 'minimalist' and get info, but its not seeing my lists.


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