[Mailman-Users] Mailman on Panther: Linking /usr/local/mailman to /Users/mailman?

Todd Freedom_Lover at pobox.com
Fri Dec 12 16:27:24 CET 2003

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R. A. Hettinga wrote:
> So, for fun, I ran "./configure --with-mail-gid=mailman" and it
> popped up with
>>checking permissions on /usr/local/mailman... configure: error:
>>***** Installation directory /usr/local/mailman is not configured properly!
>>***** Directory doesn't exist: /usr/local/mailman
> Which, as we've noted here before, doesn't exist. Everything is
> stuck in /Users/mailman where, apparently, it's supposed to be in OS
> X, and so, seeing the above error message, it dawned on me that I
> could just do an ugly hack and symbolically link /usr/local/mailman
> to /Users/mailman, and be done with it.
> Anyone think this is a bad idea? If so, do you have a better one?

Well, if you're going to rebuild mailman, you might want to take a
look at how it was built previously (by whomever supplied the package
you installed).  That way, you can change only the options that you
need, like the mail-gid.  I have no idea what sort of packaging
software is used on OS X though, so I can't tell you much about how
you'd do that.  Perhaps someone else can help you there.

Alternatively, you could just move completely away from the way they
install it there by default and build your own to install in
/usr/local/mailman.  The advantage there would be that you would have
a mailman install much more like the stick install and then the docs
would be more applicable to you since you wouldn't have to constantly
guess "is this how and where things are in panther?"

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