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I'm Andy Lester, and I like to test stuff. I also write for the Perl Journal, and do tech edits on books. Sometimes I write code, too.

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Wednesday November 17, 2004
01:33 AM

Mailing list software recommendations, please

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I'm looking for recommendations on mailing list software. I'm playing with chromatic's Mail::SimpleList, but what else is out there? I'm not a hardcore user, but I'd like to have a half-dozen lists or so. Web-viewable archives would be nice, too.
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  • Siesta is the mailing list module (with readymade scripts for mailing list foo) by fine london perl mongers (amongst others).

    You can find siesta on CPAN [] as well as the mariachi [] mailing list archive tool that goes with it.

    There is also an article [] at and richard clamp has done several talks on the subject at YAPC and

    Uses perl, Template Toolkit and modern email modules to do everything people have been asking for in the last couple of years.


    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;
    • I remember reading about this long ago, and was suitable impressed. But it looks like there has been no development in over a year and a half after the 0.66 release. Is it that feature complete & bug-free that it's needing nothing? Or has there just not been a CPAN release?
      "Perl users are the Greatful Dead fans of computer science." --slashdot comment
      • There's stuff in the SVN tree that fixes various things - I should probably do another CPAN release soon.

        To be honest it's a bit of a catch-22. it works fine (apart from the web frontend but I usually use the command line tool anyway) and, whenever anybody asks for a feature we usually implement it within a day. But without those feature requests coming in I've got other projects that I'm mroe motivated to work on.

        TBH, there's very little that it can't do that Mailman can do and it's much easier to extend
  • I use mailman [] for our company's internal list. It also provides a web archive of postings as well as a friendly web interface for administrators and members.
  • mailman, although python, is the best tool for the job. Its currently being use for all the Perl Monger group lists.