[Mailman-Users] Help Newbie trying to get working..

Sullivan, John jsullivan at mlsnet.com
Wed Mar 26 23:56:36 CET 2003

Thanks.. I am actually brand new... never even touched anything Linux
before. I come from a Networking Background (mostly MS, Cisco and firewalls)
and in the past I have had to setup network configs to work with Sun Servers
running apache sometimes dibbling in the Sun's config files. But that is
pretty much the extent of it. So I appreciate your help, it's comforting to
know that there are people out there willing to lend a hand to a needy
network guy. 

OK. So my big problem that took me all day was the silly little move of the
mailman config file to the conf.d directory - thanks.. 

Now I can access the pages over the network and feel like I'm making some

1. Is the administration done entirely through the Web Admin? How do access
and configure MailMan options? 

2. How do I change the @localhost.localdomain convention to specify the
domain I want?

3.I do not want anyone to send email to this box - I just want it to be able
to send out daily newsletters. I want the reply address to be a user on my
Exchange Server --my corp mail server-- who can receive replies in his
Outlook Inbox. 

4. That being the case (#3) do I need to setup external DNS with MX records
for this server?

Thanks for your help... 

-----Original Message-----
From: ghhalley [mailto:ghhalley at earthlink.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 5:45 PM
To: Sullivan, John
Cc: 'mailman-users at python.org'
Subject: Re[2]: [Mailman-Users] Help Newbie trying to get working..


Comments are in-line with your questions.  BTW How Newbie are you with
Linux?  Its hard to tell from your EMails -- Sounds like you are brand
new to RH8, but do you have experience with other releases?  I will
modify my explanations depending on your knowledge.  For example, I've
played around on RH 6.2 box for two years as a part time job.

> Thanks for your info George..

> A few more questions.

> 1. I installed the MailMan package during the Red Hat Server installation.
> It look like it installed MAILMAN in /var/mailman/

     Good -- That is what I did, too.

> It seems to have done a few of the steps for me - create a mailman user
> Mailman group.

    Good -- and you should have a mail user and group for Sendmail and
    a Apache user and group for Apace.  All three users are needed for
    Mailman to run properly.  Three users are run to increase the
    system security.

> It moved some of the jpgs into my apache install -

    I never had to do that.  Evidentially, they were already there.
    (I hate having to move simple icons -- so I skipped it!)

> The apache installed a little different then I am use to and being a
> it has confused the hell out of me.

    Have you configured Apache before?  If not, there are a bunch of
    questions to resolve about how you do your webserver.  We may be
    able to do those questions over the phone.

    If you have configured Apace before, I was also surprised by Apache 2.
    I had time to learn it though as I was migrating the websites from
    my RH 6.2 box.  Overall, the configuration files are simpler.  The
    RH 8 install placed all of the Mailman config files in the file
    /etc/httpd/conf/httpd-mailman.conf file.  All you have to do for
    the setup, is move this file into /etc/httpd/conf.d/ directory.
    Oops, I did uncomment the one line which is suggested in the file.

> In /var I have a www folder - and in /etc/ I have what looks like all of
> configuration files.

    Correct.  I didn't dwell into the /var/www folder, but it is where
    you can find the apache documentation and where RH expects you to
    put CGIs and websites.

> I am assuming I need to edit the httpd.conf as I don't think the redhat
> install took it that far.

     The RH install provides the default configuration.  Works pretty
     well, but typically gets modified as you build web sites.

> What should my httpd.conf file look like considering the information above
> as to where my installs are.

     This is non-mailman specific.  So let's take it off the list and
     talk about this.

> 2. Also not sure if this a related issue but http server gui that comes
> RedHat freezes up on me everytime I try to edit the properties - any

     Are you configuring from a desktop GUI?  I don't have experience
     with this.

     Questions like this are more appropriate for the Red Hat 8
     mailing list.  I am also a member of this.  The mailing address
     for this list is psyche-list at redhat.com I signed up for it
     somewhere on the Red Hat website.

> Thanks for your help..

     Keep passing questions, I'll answer as I am available.  For once,
     I can help someone!!  Yeah!

> john

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