[Mailman-Users] mailman-2.1-1.i386.rpm

Justin Georgeson jgeorgeson at unboundtech.com
Wed Jan 29 17:30:10 CET 2003

I have the latest package from RedHat (2.1-7) running on RedHat 7.3 over 
Postfix 1.7. I had to change the spec file slightly (use postfix and 
python2 instead of sendmail and python), and can give anyone who wants 
it a diff. The [beta] packages are available here:


The fact that these are in RawHide means they are beta (it's working 
well for me though). Any and all reported issues should be reported to 

If uses sendmail as the MTA by default, but it's pretty easy to edit the 
post-install scripts to use postfix files instead of sendmail. If you 
get the source RPM, you can set the mailgroup and mailgid variables in 
the spec file to be whatever you want. By default it's a group of 
groups/gids: mail; nobody; mailman. The comment says postfix is run as 
nobody, but my 1.7 RPM Postfix RPM from RedHat 7.3 runs as postfix. Not 
sure if they maybe changed they in 8.0 or somewhere in Rawhide. I didn't 
notice or change these variables in my installation, and it hasn't been 
a problem for me so far.

Parker, David K wrote:
> Apparently the RPM was set expect Postfix MTA to run as mail. I'm guessing
> the RedHat standard is to run MTA as nobody. I do appreciate the efforts of
> the person who put the rpm out. I've got the list back up on another RedHat
> 7.x box with Redhat distro Mailman RPM 2.0x. I'm thinking I'll wait until an
> official RPM for the RedHat distro is available prior to upgrading. As much
> as I love working with Linux, I have too many other time demands to get too
> buried in installing custom from source.
> Thanks,
> David
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Todd [mailto:Freedom_Lover at pobox.com] 
> Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 9:07 PM
> To: 'mailman-users at python.org'
> Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] mailman-2.1-1.i386.rpm
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> Parker, David K wrote:
>>I'm almost at a point where I've either got to scrap mailman 
>>completely and revert to an earlier rpm or install clean from source. 
>>Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> If you're banging your head against the wall, uninstall the rpm and install
> mailman from source (carefully reading the README, INSTALL, and UPGRADING
> files).
> Mailman is extremely easy to install from source, yet somewhat difficult to
> package properly as an rpm that will work with different MTA's out of the
> box (due to the security constraints of the few mailman binaries).
> If you insist on having an rpm, you should at the very least pull down the
> source rpm from your distro and then look at tweaking it as necessary for
> your MTA.  Unless you really like messing around with spec files and
> building rpms, I'd just build from source.
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