[Mailman-Users] authentication problem on upgrade

Dave Stern - Former Rocket Scientist dave at umiacs.umd.edu
Mon Feb 24 21:48:57 CET 2003

I'm going from 2.0.13 to 2.1.1. The machine I want to first test it on
has no compiler so I copy the real mailman structures onto another machine,
(let's call it "test.domain") have account, group, perms etc set up,

configure --prefix=/etc/mailman --build=test.domain \

make install
copy resulting structure (/etc/mailman) onto new machine

edit /etc/mailman/Mailman/mm_cfg.py and Defaults.py on test.domain to have
 the correct hostname and path

restart web server

I can get to the main page but it fails to authenticate me.
I even rerun mmsitepass on test.domain.   I presume it takes this
as I can create a new list.

Here's the error I get on the webpage when I try to authenticate and get into
the newly created list (or existing lists)
Bug in Mailman version 2.1.1

We're sorry, we hit a bug!

If you would like to help us identify the problem, please email a copy of this page to the webmaster for this site with a description of
what happened. Thanks!


Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/etc/mailman/scripts/driver", line 87, in run_main
  File "/etc/mailman/Mailman/Cgi/admin.py", line 82, in main
    cgidata.getvalue('adminpw', '')):
  File "/etc/mailman/Mailman/SecurityManager.py", line 219, in WebAuthenticate
    print self.MakeCookie(ac, user)
  File "/etc/mailman/Mailman/SecurityManager.py", line 234, in MakeCookie
    c = Cookie.SimpleCookie()
AttributeError: 'Mailman.Cookie' module has no attribute 'SimpleCookie'

Any ideas?


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 David Stern                                            University of Maryland
                Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

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