[Mailman-Users] Integrating Mailman 2.0.8 with Tomcat 4.0.1

Winkle, Mitchell (Mitch), MGSVC mwinkle at att.com
Tue Jun 4 19:49:41 CEST 2002

Friends.  Please excuse the proprietary shell script references to /root/bin/tomstart, /root/bin/tomstop, and /root/bin/newapp.  These are convenience scripts I use to start, stop and create new application file structures in Tomcat.  My apologies.
I'll make a more generic version of these instructions and try again.

	-----Original Message----- 
	From: Winkle, Mitchell (Mitch), MGSVC 
	Sent: Tue 06/04/2002 1:42 PM 
	To: mailman-users at python.org 
	Subject: [Mailman-Users] Integrating Mailman 2.0.8 with Tomcat 4.0.1

	<h4>Installation of Mailman</h4> 
	<strong>NOTE:</strong> These isntructions apply to Mailman version 2.0.8 and RedHat Linux version 7.0.  If you follow these instructions for installing Mailman and have installed Tomcat 4.0.1 in the /home directory, you may follow these instructions for other distributions as long as all dependencies for both Mailman and Tomcat 4.0.1 have been met.

	<li>Make a user by the name of <strong>mailman</strong> using linuxconf and make the home directory be<pre>/var/mailman</pre>

	<li>Configure the Mailman directory structure : <pre>cd /var/mailman 
	chown mailman.mailman /var/mailman 
	chmod a+rx,g+ws /var/mailman</pre> 
	<li>Download mailman from <a href="http://www.list.org <http://www.list.org" <http://www.list.org> > http://www.list.org">http://www.list.org</a>

	<li>Use command : <pre>tar xvzf mailman-2.x.x.tgz</pre> to unpack the distribution 
	<li><pre>cd mailman-2.x.x</pre> 
	<li>Read instructions in INSTALL file of distribution : <pre>more INSTALL</pre> 
	<li>Configure the distribution : <pre>./configure --prefx=/var/mailman --with-mail-gid=mail --with-cgi-gid=root</pre> 
	<li>Install Mailman : <pre>make install</pre> 
	<li>Set up the cron jobs : <pre>su - mailman 
	cd /var/mailman/cron 
	crontab crontab.in</pre> 
	<li>Create link in smrsh for sendmail to work : <pre>cd /etc/smrsh 
	ln -s /var/mailman/mail/wrapper wrapper</pre> 
	<h4>Configuring Tomcat to work with Mailman</h4> 
	<li><pre>cd /home/jakarta-tomcat-4.0.1/conf</pre 
	<li><pre>pico server.xml</pre> 
	<li>Find the section commented out that defines the CGI servlet and uncomment it 
	<li>Find the section below that which defines the CGI servlet pattern to match and uncomment it 
	<li>Save server.xml 
	<li><pre>cd /home/jakarta-tomcat-4.0.1/webapps</pre> 
	<li><pre>/root/bin/newapp mailman</pre> <strong>NOTE: This assumes that the newapp script is installed in /root/bin and the path is properly set.  If it is not available, copy the script from one of the other servers</strong>

	<li><pre>cd /home/jakarta-tomcat-4.0.1/webapps/mailman/WEB-INF</pre> 
	<li><pre>ln -s /var/mailman/cgi-bin cgi</pre 
	<li><pre>cd /home/jakarta-tomcat-4.0.1/webapps/ROOT</pre> 
	<li><pre>ln -s /var/mailman/archives/public pipermail</pre> 
	<h4>Configuring Mailman to work with Tomcat 4.0.1</h4> 
	The standard scripts and HTML templates which come with the Mailman distribution will not work with Tomcat 4.0.1's CGI wrapper.  For some reason, METHOD=POST in the HTML forms that Mailman dynamically builds will break the CGI wrapper in Tomcat, so as a workaround you must laboriously go through all the files in the Mailman distribution which build HTML form templates and change <strong>METHOD=POST</strong> to <strong>METHOD=GET</strong>.

	To the best of my knowledge these files are : 
	Find <strong>METHOD=POST</strong> in all of these files and change it to <strong>METHOD=GET</strong> and save the file. 
	<h4>Restart the Tomcat 4.0.1 server</h4> 
	<pre>/root/bin/tomstop</pre>Wait for all java processes to stop by monitoring <pre>ps ax|grep java</pre>and then start Tomcat with <pre>/root/bin/tomstart</pre>

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