[Mailman-Users] check_perms

Amanda arandall at auntminnie.com
Fri Aug 31 18:12:24 CEST 2001

Odd. My 'drake 8 box won't install from an RPM to save its little furry life,
but I built Mailman (and everything else) from the tarball, and it's working
fine. ::shrug::

Of course, that didn't stop me from building a separate Mailman machine on RH7.1
for our actual production server...


Paul Cox wrote:

> On Wednesday, Aug 29, 2001, Matthew Chapman wrote:
> > I am running a Linux Mandrake 8.0 system with apache and sendmail.
> >
> > I managed to get Mailman running, however for reasons I will not go into,
> > I removed and restart the install from scratch - going back as far as to
> > re-untar and recreate the mailman user (after userdel -r'ing)...
> >
> > Now when I get to the step where i run check_perms, it gives me the
> > following error:
> <snip!>
> Since you're using Mandrake 8.0, you're probably better off using the
> Mailman .rpm (last updated and actually fixed by me =)   You can get it
> from any 'cooker' mirror (file name mailman-2.0.5-3mdk.i586.rpm) or you
> can download it from my site (ftp.coxcentral.com/pub/customrpms/mailman/).
> I still need to update it for 2.0.6, but I just haven't got around to
> it.  I'll try to do that ASAP (I'm also toying with the idea of an .rpm
> for 2.1a2 for the few brave souls.. we'll see).  One thing you'll notice
> is that it doesn't install in /home/mailman, but in /var/lib/mailman to
> more compliant with FHS and the Mandrake way of doing things.  Also,
> there is no mailman user and group necessary right now, as it's using
> mail.mail.  That's because to be a Mandrake .rpm, it is required that
> the package can build as a non-root user.  Since we would have to create
> the user first, that's not a possiblity.  mail.mail already exists as
> part of the core system, and no, there it is perfectly safe to do it
> this way.  I hoping to get mailman.mailman as part of the core system,
> but I haven't heard a response on that yet.  It'll work this way for
> now. =)
> Also, the .rpm assumes that you will be using Postfix (as that's the
> Mandrake default MTA), so you will need to do some stuff manually since
> you use sendmail (like adding the mailman and mailman-owner aliases).
> You will also want to check your sendmail config to see what user it
> delivers as to an external file or command.  Postfix defaults to nobody,
> so I configured Mailman with --with-mail-gid=nobody.
> I've attached to this the latest chagelog entry from the .rpm just in
> case you're (or anyone else =) is interested.  This is how I'm running
> Mailman, and it works perfectly. =)  Let me know if you have any
> problems.
> * Fri Jun 01 2001 Paul Cox <pcox at linux-mandrake.com> 2.0.5-3mdk
>   - Moved Mailman to /var/lib/mailman to be more compliant with FHS.
>     (See archive of mdk-admin at
>     http://freezer-burn.org/archives/mdk-admin/ if you have questions
>     about this.)
>   - Changed --with-mail-gid and --with-cgi-gid to user names instead of
>     user numbers in case they ever change.
>   - Changed --with-mail-gid=nobody as that's how Postfix is setup by
>     default (see default_privs in Postfix's main.cf).
>   - Fixed upgrades (will not overwrite config files, etc.), and tweaked
>     files section (added a 'BuildRequires: perl' as a result).
>   - Made sure that bin/update runs in order to update any existing
>     lists.
>   - Fixed permissions.  Mailman will also try to fix its permissions on
>     install.
>   - Added mailman.conf for apache configuration (included into
>     httpd.conf).
>   - Install will now attempt to add the required aliases (Postfix only).
>   - Removed mailman user addition (Mailman requires that whatever user and
>     group is passed to the configure script to be the userid and groupid, so
>     since we did --with-username=mail and --with-groupname=mail (so that we
>     don't have to be root to build), creating a mailman user was not
>     necessary).
>   - Fixed crontab.in import.  Not in the right format to be simply put in
>     /etc/cron.d, so we have to use crontab to import it (as user mail).
>   - Removed obsolete LEIAME patch.
>   - Changed URL back to the much nicer www.list.org mirror.
>   - Lots and lots of macroization and countless other .spec file
>     changes.
> --
> Paul Cox <paul at coxcentral dot com>
> Kernel: 2.4.7-12.3mdk  -  Uptime: 8 days 18 hours 59 minutes.
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