[Mailman-Users] Web interface for adding lists.

Matt Yahna yahna at boulder.vni.com
Thu Aug 30 20:36:35 CEST 2001

This is a sendmail issue.  You need to put an option in your sendmail.cf as
O DontBlameSendmail=groupwritabledirpathsafe,groupwritableforwardfilesafe,
Keep in mind that this is overriding file safeties and can compromise system
You may not need all of the previous options, you may want to try each one
and see what works for better security.  There may be an option that just
tells Sendmail that it is a safe file for that file only.
- Matt
 -----Original Message-----
From: Will Nordmeyer [mailto:will at willspc.net] 
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2001 12:36 PM
To: mailman-users at python.org
Subject: [Mailman-Users] Web interface for adding lists.

I did some archive browsing today and found lots of differing answers
regarding a web interface for creating new lists.
Todd Pfaff gave some good detail about adding an aliases file within the
mailman directory long ago 1999/2000
I tried his suggestion.  I have the 3 aliases files created in my mailman
directory.  (aliases, aliases.dir, aliases.pag).  I have the ownership &
permissions set as he suggested in 
I have a few problems though... when I do the 
./bin/newlist listname owner-email-address password 1 | tail +4 > aliases
as he suggests, it balks at newaliases.  if I'm running as mailman, it gives
a permission denied error.  If I run as root, it balks and gives a 
WARNING: Group writable directory /home/mailman
newaliases: cannot open /home/mailman/aliases: Group writable file
Please help.
I'm trying to set it up so I don't have to add lists for everyone.
--Will Nordmeyer

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