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How to tell if a list is a mailman list


  • Email distribution lists at MIT
  • Mailman (managed list service) vs. Moira (simple email distribution) lists


If you are comfortable using the Athena command line

On Athena, you can run blanche to enumerate the members of an email list. If it is a Mailman list you will see a single member, pointing at the Mailman server:

% blanche LISTNAME

Here's an actual example of a Mailman announcement list:

% blanche rt-announce

If you are comfortable using the Moira web interface

If you're using the Moira web application (, you can look up the list members using that instead. Below is a screen shot showing the output of the same example used above:

Screenshot showing rt-announce list members in Moira web application

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May 04, 2016

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