[Mailman-Users] i cannot get mailman to work

Ashley M. Kirchner ashley at pcraft.com
Sat Dec 23 06:24:46 CET 2000

David Koopman wrote:

> By the way, I
> never did get sendmail to work in the first place.

    Odd, I had zero problems with sendmail.

> <mailman-users at twmtest.com>: Command died with status 2:
>     "/home/mailman/mail/wrapper post mailman-users". Command output: Failure
> to exec script. WANTED gid 12, GOT gid 99.  (Reconfigure to take 99?)

    NOTE: the following explanation is assuming you're on a RedHat system)

    Yeah, I can tell you to go read the INSTALL file, or check the list
archives, but then, a lot of other people will also do the same.

    The problem here is that mailman _expected_ a user whose GID (Group ID) was
12.  On a RedHat system, that would be the 'mail' group.  But, the user that's
actually running your mail stuff has a completely different GID, namely 99
(which is the group 'nobody').

    Here's my guess: your mail program (postfix) is being run with the
nobody.nobody permissions.  (again, on a RedHat system, sendmail will, by
default, run with the mail.mail permission set).

    Mailman will dutifully report the problem as you noticed, and will give you
a hint on how to fix it: Reconfigure to take 99.  This cryptic message
translates to: you'll have to reconfigure and rebuild Mailman with GID 99, NOT

    Check the INSTALL file for the '--with-mail-gid=' option for the configure

    Hope this helps.


H | Hi, I'm currently out of my mind.  Please leave a message.  BEEEEP!
  Ashley M. Kirchner <mailto:ashley at pcraft.com>   .   303.442.6410 x130
  Director of Internet Operations / SysAdmin    .     800.441.3873 x130
  Photo Craft Laboratories, Inc.             .        eFax 248.671.0909
  http://www.pcraft.com                  .        3550 Arapahoe Ave, #6
  .................. .  .  .     .            Boulder, CO 80303, U.S.A.

More information about the Mailman-Users mailing list