Lyris User's Guide
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Child List
Table of Contents
Lyris Email Commands
Web Interface for Users
Server Administrator
Site Administrator
Overview of Site Administrator
Site Admin Menu
Site Info
Mailing Lists
Mailing Lists First Page
Basic Information
World-Wide-Web Urls
Headers and Footers
Security for Subscribers
Security of List Information
Posting Privileges and Moderation
Admin Send
Password Required
Approve Number
Release Days
Release Time
Non-Members Can Post
Reject Email Submissions
Allow Crossposting
Allow Duplicate Posting
Crossposting and Duplicates
Max Posts Per Member
Max Quoting Allowed
Allow Blank Subject
Child List
Email Headers
Error Mail Handling
Programming Extensions at the List Level
Miscellaneous List Config Settings
Limits (changeable only by site admin)
Site Documents
Site Action Phrases
Site People
Site Admin Log
List Administrator
Other Topics
Add-On Packages
Installing and Upgrading
Frequently Asked Questions

Child List

This setting determines if this mailing list will accept message submitted directly from another mailing list. By default, Lyris rejects messages sent from other mailing lists, and this setting overrides that default.

This option is used to create parent/child mailing lists, where sending mail to a parent list automatically sends to a child mailing list.

A typical scenario for setting up parent/child list is if you have multiple announcement lists, and they are related in this way. For example, if you have these lists:


these are logically in a parent/child relationship. If you send to "sports-announcements", you want the members of "soccer-announcements" and "tennis-announcements" to get the message. Or, you may just want to send to "tennis-announcements" and not to any other list.

Here are the instructions for setting up a parent/child list. Please follow these directions carefully, as the relationship is a little difficult to grasp:

1) first, create your parent and child lists as you normally would. You should not use headers or footers in any list that will act as a parent, as these header/footers will be reproduced when the messages are posted to the children, and this can be confusing. Set each list (except for the top-level parent) to have "Child: yes" set, and also the have "Remove duplicate members: yes" set. This 2nd setting is important, as it instructs Lyris to make sure that people who are members of multiple lists only receive one copy of a message sent to parent/child lists.

2) decide who should be able to post to your mailing lists, and make them a member of all the lists (parents and children) that their message should be distributable to. A person has to be a member of the parent, and all its children in order for the message to be distributed. You should also set the security permissions for this person so that their post goes through the security tests you decide. For instance, you may want to allow any post from the person to automatically be approved, in which case making this member a list admin on the lists is best.

3) In each list that is to serve as a parent list, subscribe the child list's posting address as a member of the parent list. For example, you would create two members in "sports-announcements", with the email addresses "" and "". Child lists can also act as parents to other lists, so you can nest the parent/child relationship as deeply as you like.

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