This section pertains to Mail-to-News and News-to-Mail gateway services.

Please note that while this particular Mailman feature is operational, its function is not supported by Aplonis. Aplonis does not provide a news server nor information on where to find one. This feature is considered by most to be highly technical and is not for the faint of heart. Please be sure that you know what you are doing before you attempt to use any of these settings.

In the event that you find it useful to gate your list traffic onto USENET, you can use these settings to set up the service. Note that you may need to talk to your system or network administrator to make sure that your news server will work nicely with this list gateway.

News server settings
The hostname of the machine your news server is running on. nntp_host (gateway): The hostname of the machine your news server is running on.

This value may be either the name of your news server, or optionally of the format name:port, where port is a port number. The news server is not part of Mailman proper. You have to already have access to an NNTP server, and that NNTP server must recognize the machine this mailing list runs on as a machine capable of reading and posting news.

The name of the Usenet group to gateway to and/or from.

linked_newsgroup (gateway): The name of the Usenet group to gateway to and/or from.

Make sure that this newsgroup is available on your news server.

Should new posts to the mailing list be sent to the newsgroup?

gateway_to_news (gateway): Should new posts to the mailing list be sent to the newsgroup?

Specifies whether messages sent to the list should be sent to the news group for the entire world to see.

Should new posts to the newsgroup be sent to the mailing list?

gateway_to_mail (gateway): Should new posts to the newsgroup be sent to the mailing list?

Specifies whether or not messages posted by people out there in the world who are not members of the list should be gated and distributed to list members.

Forwarding options
The moderation policy of the newsgroup. news_moderation(gateway): The moderation policy of the newsgroup.

This setting determines the moderation policy of the newsgroup and its interaction with the moderation policy of the mailing list. This only applies to the newsgroup that you are gatewaying to, so if you are only gatewaying from Usenet, or the newsgroup you are gatewaying to is not moderated, set this option to None.

If the newsgroup is moderated, you can set this mailing list up to be the moderation address for the newsgroup. By selecting Moderated, an additional posting hold will be placed in the approval process. All messages posted to the mailing list will have to be approved before being sent on to the newsgroup, or to the mailing list membership.

Note that if the message has an Approved header with the list's administrative password in it, this hold test will be bypassed, allowing privileged posters to send messages directly to the list and the newsgroup.

Finally, if the newsgroup is moderated, but you want to have an open posting policy anyway, you should select Open list, moderated group. The effect of this is to use the normal Mailman moderation facilities, but to add an Approved header to all messages that are gatewayed to Usenet.

Prefix Subject: headers on postings gated to news? news_prefix_subject_too (gateway): Prefix Subject:headers on postings gated to news?

Mailman prefixes Subject: headers with text you can customize and normally, this prefix shows up in messages gatewayed to Usenet. You can set this option to No to disable the prefix on gated messages. Of course, if you turn off normal Subject: prefixes, they won't be prefixed for gated messages either.

Mass catch up
Should Mailman perform a catchup on the newsgroup? _mass_catchup (gateway): Should Mailman perform a catchupon the newsgroup?

When you tell Mailman to perform a catchup on the newsgroup, this means that you want to start gating messages to the mailing list with the next new message found. All earlier messages on the newsgroup will be ignored. This is as if you were reading the newsgroup yourself, and you marked all current messages as read. By catching up, your mailing list members will not see any of the earlier messages.

Note: setting this value performs an immediate action but does not modify permanent state.

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