[Mailman-Users] RedHat 9 and Mailman rpm

Tentra List Support mm at tentra.com
Sun May 25 17:27:19 CEST 2003

 I am new to the Mailman users list but searched through the archives to see if anyone else was having the same problem I was. Redhat did not include a directive for the mailman group in the mailman config file in the rpm that they included with their distro.

Add the following lines to mailman/Mailman/mm_cfg.py but change the 'your.domain.com' to your own FQDN:

MAILMAN_GROUP = 'mailman'
MAILMAN_USER = 'mailman'
DEFAULT_EMAIL_HOST = 'your.domain.com'
DEFAULT_URL_HOST = 'your.domain.com'

Now run

$ mailman/bin/check_perms 
and check for permissions errors and run 
$ mailman/bin/check_perms -f 
to fix them. 
Then start 
$ mailman/bin/mailmanctl start 
and you should have no problems starting the mailman daemon.
I just installed the mailman that comes with RedHat 9.0 ( I think it is
2.1-8).  A piece of documentation says as of ver2.1 mailman requires a

When I try running it I get the following message:

[EMAIL PROTECTED] mailman]# /sbin/service mailman start
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/var/mailman/bin/mailmanctl", line 524, in ?

  File "/var/mailman/bin/mailmanctl", line 319, in main
  File "/var/mailman/bin/mailmanctl", line 274, in check_privs
    gid = grp.getgrnam(mm_cfg.MAILMAN_GROUP)[2]
KeyError: getgrnam(): name not found

Can anyone enlighten me to how to fix it?


--------------------David Blomquist
Principal, Tentra IT Solutions

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