[Mailman-Users] FreeBSD 5.1, Python 2.1.3, Mailman 2.1.2 Install

Tim Legg legg at frybread.stuorg.iastate.edu
Mon Jun 16 21:10:09 CEST 2003


I have installed mailman before on a different machine.

I installed:

FreeBSD 5.1-RELEASE #0
Apache 1.3.27 (source)
Python 2.1.3 (from ports)
Postfix 2.0.9,1 (from ports)

I run,

#./configure --with-python=/usr/local/bin/python2.1

(I know this is far from complete as far as parameters go)

and I am told,

<snipped portions>
checking for user name "mailman"... configure: error:
***** No "mailman" user found!
***** Your system must have a "mailman" user defined
***** (usually in your /etc/passwd file).  Please see the INSTALL
***** file for details.

But I didn create a user mailman.

from /etc/passwd

mailman:*:501:502:Mailman MLM:/nonexistent:/sbin/nologin

and FreeBSD likes to have a redundant file called /etc/master.passwd which
I added the same:

mailman:*:501:502:Mailman MLM:/nonexistent:/sbin/nologin

Apparently there is a problem with this.

For completeness, I also added the group mailman to /etc/group as below


These UIDs and GIDs are unique to mailman.

Any suggestions?


Tim Legg

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