[Mailman-Users] Mailman-2.1.1 + Virtual Hosting HOWTO - ARCHIVES.

ODHIAMBO Washington wash at wananchi.com
Fri Jun 20 17:14:49 CEST 2003

Hello ALL,

Since this question comes up every now and then, here is my contribution.
Kindly add what you believe is needed, for the archives.

Someone more experienced can comment/edit/update this HOWTO. I just went through
the steps today and while it works for me, I am not guaranteeing it will work
for everyone.

I am running Mailman-2.1.1 on FreeBSD 4.8-STABLE (not important). I have Exim-4.20
and Apache-1.3.27.

Here is how I did it:

The installation of Apache to handle virtual hosts and the installation of Exim-4.x
to handle the same is beyond the scope of this mini-HOWTO.

#This is how to add virtual hosting to mailman.
# 20030620

STEP 1. Edit the dns zone file for the domain name to have a suitable host for
        the virtual domain. The MX for this host should be mail.wananchi.com and
        longonot.wananchi.com, e.g.

	lists		IN	A
			IN	MX	10	mx1.domain.tld.
			IN	MX	20	mx2.domain.tld.

        Increment the serial and then reload the zone. here hosts Apache as
        well as the MTA. I did this because I have some virtual domains who host their
        own MX servers.... I therefore could override the mail handling for the list.


      Edit your MTAs relay maps add the FQDN you added above, e.g.

      Edit your Apache config to add a virtual host for the FQDN from (2) above. In my
      case I use an INCLUDE directive to incorporate a config file for VHosts alone.
      My sample VHost config is:

      <VirtualHost *:80>
       ServerName lists.domain.tld
       ServerAdmin admin at domain.tld
       DocumentRoot /usr/local/mailman/lists/list-name
       ScriptAlias /mailman/ /usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin/
       Alias /pipermail/ /usr/local/mailman/archives/public/

With that I could access http://lists.domain.tld/mailman/admin/

I could not access http://lists.domain.tld/ - access was denied. Someone should
comment on the correct way for this as I am sure I missed a point.

        (a) Open /usr/local/mailman/Mailman/mm_cfg.pf for editing and append
            the FQDN from (2) above to the following entry. Please follow the
            format STRICTLY.

	VIRTUAL_HOSTS        = {'lists.domain.tld':'lists.domain.tld',

        (b) Add an extra entry for the FQDN to the entries below


NB: Here again I was not quite sure I needed both steps (a) and (b), but hey
    I said it works for me. Please modify this if you know what is better.

STEP 5: Run the following commands.

(a) /usr/local/mailman/bin/newlist list-name at FQDN
    Answer the questions prompted carefully. Take note of the answers you give.
    They will be needed later. You are warned.

(b) /usr/local/mailman/bin/withlist -l -r fix_url list-name -u FQDN -v

NB: Change the paths to reflect yours.

That is how I did it.

Comments on any suitable changes I need to make are welcome.

       - wash 
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