[Mailman-Users] cron daemon error

Keith Steward ksteward at keithsteward.com
Thu Jan 9 07:15:52 CET 2003


I saw a similar "connection refused error" when I did my install on a RH
7.2 system.  I added the address of the machine running Mailman to the
/etc/mail/access file as in:

 --- segment of access file --------------
	localhost		RELAY		RELAY	RELAY
 --------- end segment ----------------

Such that all 3 correspond to my Mailman host machine.  A good sendmail
installation will have RELAYing turned off by default, and so adding
entries like this to the access file turns it back "on" for those hosts.
Some of those addresses are probably unnecessary, and I'm not entirely
sure that that was what fixed the "connection refused" problem since I
did some other config things too -- but eventually things did work, so
maybe it was the solution.

Note that after your changes to the /etc/mail/access file, you need to
trigger the rebuild of the /etc/mail/access.db file for it to take
effect.  There should be a makefile in the /etc/mail directory that
should do it for you.

By the your efforts will be rewarded -- once Mailman is up and running,
you will be impressed with the functionality.  I was.  The install is
the only tricky part of using Mailman.

Good luck!

-keith s.

-----Original Message-----
From: Aaron M Daley [mailto:aaronda at freespeech.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 08, 2003 2:07 PM
To: mailman-users at python.org
Subject: [Mailman-Users] cron daemon error

I installed mailman on a new machine running redhat 8. That machine is
also running the latest 1.X apache and sendmail packages. Everything
installed fine. I copied over some other lists that were running on and
older machine and they show up fine on the admin page. I can configure
them and everything. All aliases are set up in /etc/aliases. However
when I tried to send a test message, it seems to go through fine, I get
no emails saying the the mail server rejected it or anything. What I do
get is a constant and steady stream of emails from the cron daemon all
saying the exact same

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/home/mailman/cron/gate_news", line 222, in ?
  File "/home/mailman/cron/gate_news", line 203, in main
  File "/home/mailman/cron/gate_news", line 148, in process_lists
    conn, first, last = open_newsgroup(mlist)
  File "/home/mailman/cron/gate_news", line 75, in open_newsgroup
  File "/home/mailman/Mailman/pythonlib/nntplib.py", line 111, in
    self.sock.connect((self.host, self.port))
socket.error: (111, 'Connection refused')

I have no idea what this means. I'm pretty green when it comes to linux
so keep that in mind. I do know what the cron daemon is and I did set up
the mailman cron entry as instructed in there install directions.

you can also reply to me directly at aaronda at freespeech.org

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