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Headers and Footers

You can add text to the top or the bottom of all messages that go out to your members. There are different settings for digest messages and non-digest messages. (Digests are collections of a day or so worth of messages sent as a single messages.) Look in the Digest and Non-digest Configuration Category for the “header” or “footer” text to add to the top or bottom of each message.

By default, a message has no header. It has a footer that looks like:

Listname mailing list

You can add whatever you want around that text in your configuration pages, or you can replace it entirely.

Substitution codes

When you look at your footer’s text in your configuration page, it contains strange codes:

_______________________________________________ %(real_name)s mailing list %(real_name)s@%(host_name)s %(web_page_url)slistinfo%(cgiext)s/%(_internal_name)s

These codes are replaced by relevant information about your list, so that if you later change that information (such as the description, or if we change the web site that handles Mailman management) it will change in your footer or header automatically.

The form of the code is “%(code)s”. The available codes are:

real_nameThe ‘pretty’ name of the list; usually the list name with capitalization.
list_nameThe name by which the list is identified in URLs, where case is significant.
host_nameThe full domain name that the list server runs on.
web_page_urlThe base URL for Mailman. This can be appended with further parts of a URL, for example “%(web_page_url)slistinfo/%(list_name)s” to yield the listinfo page for the mailing list.
descriptionThe brief description of the mailing list.
infoThe full description of the mailing list.
cgiextThe extension added to CGI scripts. (You won’t generally need this.)

Relevant configuration pages

If you want a list of the relevant administration pages for a mailing list, type that mailing list here: