[Mailman-Users] Problem with 1.0b6
Barry A. Warsaw
bwarsaw at cnri.reston.va.us
Fri Jan 8 07:42:53 CET 1999
>>>>> "MK" == Mike Kennedy <mkennedy at cs.ucr.edu> writes:
MK> When I try to access the cgi scripts to look up infomation on
MK> the 'test' list it gives me an internal server error and I get
MK> this in the error log of the server:
MK> [Wed Jan 6 17:01:11 1999] access to /opt/mailman/cgi-bin/admin
MK> failed for shoebox.ucr.edu, reason: Premature end of script
MK> Do the cgi-scripts need to be gid owned by the www server?
MK> Help please... thanks.
Here's the entry from the (new) FAQ file (the PROBLEMS file in your
Hope this helps,
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1. If from the web you get "document contains no data"
If mail isn't getting delivered
If you see "Premature end of script headers"
If you see "Mailman CGI error!!!"
The most likely cause of this is that the GID that is compiled
into the C wrappers does not match the GID that your Web server
invokes CGI scripts with. Note that a similar error could occur
if your mail system invokes filter programs under a GID that
does not match the one compiled into the C mail wrapper.
To fix this you will need to re-configure Mailman using the
--with-cgi-gid and --with-mail-gid options. See INSTALL for
These errors are logged to syslog and they do not show up in the
Mailman log files. Problems with the CGI wrapper do get
reported in the Web browser though, and include the expected
GID, so that should help a lot.
You may want to have syslog running and configured to log the
mail.error log class somewhere; on Solaris systems, the line
causes the messages to go to them in /var/log/syslog, for
example. (The distributed syslog.conf forwards the message to
the loghost, when present. See the syslog man page for more
If your system is set like this, and you get a failure trying to
visit the mailman/listinfo web page, and it's due to a UID or
GID mismatch, then you should get an entry at the end of
/var/log/syslog identifying the expected and received values.
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