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I am running some lists with mailman and I have made real good
experience. The problem which occurs now occasionally is that sometimes
messages become discarded silently. The "vette" log contains very small
information once a message is discarded. The discarding seems to happen
preferable with freemailer accounts like web.de or freenet located here
in germany.
My core problem is that the sender (which is subscribed or white listed)
is not notified by the discarding. Ok - this is what discarding means
actually, but I am wondering if there is a possibility to avoid
discarding in general or to get known why it happened. I have
investigated already some time in this issue but I am afraid I am a
little bit confused and lost in the code. So I have following questions:

1. Is there a global option to prefer rejecting over discarding?
2. Is there some kind of extended logging available to see the reasons
of discarding?
3. Is there a global option to get notified by discards?

Thanks
Thomas

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  • Mark Sapiro at Mar 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Thomas Hartwig wrote:
    1. Is there a global option to prefer rejecting over discarding?

    No, but there are a few list settings.

    2. Is there some kind of extended logging available to see the reasons
    of discarding?

    Not without hacking the code.

    3. Is there a global option to get notified by discards?

    No.


    There are only a few reasons why posts are 'silently' discarded. The
    most likely one in your case is Content filtering - filter_content is
    Yes and filter_action is discard. Set that to Hold.

    Other possible reasons include:

    The poster is a non-member listed in Privacy options... -> Sender
    filters -> discard_these_nonmembers.

    The poster is a non-member and Privacy options... -> Sender filters ->
    generic_nonmember_action is discard.

    Non-digest options - scrub_nondigest is Yes, the message's
    Content-Type: is text/html and ARCHIVE_HTML_SANITIZER is set to 0 in
    mm_cfg.py.

    The message matches a Privacy options... -> Spam filters ->
    header_filter_rules rule with Discard action.

    Note that if you want to see these things, it is much preferable to set
    the action to Hold rather than Reject, at least for the non-member and
    header_filter_rules actions. If you reject those, you are going to be
    reflecting spam to innocent, forged From: addresses.

    --
    Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net> The highway is for gamblers,
    San Francisco Bay Area, California better use your sense - B. Dylan

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