[Mailman-Developers] Postfix, Mailman, no aliases file, neat setup?
Barry A. Warsaw
Thu, 16 Nov 2000 16:22:20 -0500
>>>>> "OT" == Owen Taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
OT> Well, you can't lose the aliases file, but you can make it
OT> pretty darn invisible.
>> From postfix's main.cf:
OT> alias_maps = hash:/etc/aliases,hash:/home/mailman/aliases
I do this.
OT> And the following patch automatically updates the file.
A couple of notes. First, the version of newlist that's going to be
in rc3 (some time today) has a -o/--output switch that does the
appending to a specified file, somewhat like the way your patch does
(although the file name is taken from the command line and a few other
But the real problem is a permissions problem. Say you run postalias
as yourself, because you installed Mailman. Or say you installed it
as user `mailman', and that's the user you run postalias as. Then the
resulting aliases.db file will be owned by you (or `mailman') and
Postfix will try to deliver email destined for those addresses as your
(or mailman's) gid, but not as the gid you compiled into the wrapper
Thus I found that I had to run newaliases (a.k.a. postalias) as root
for the gids to be correct.
Not an insurmountable problem, but it's a pain. It would be nice if
Postfix could be configured to automatically run newaliases if
necessary (maybe there already is such an option?).