[Mailman-Users] Much ado about relay

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Fri Nov 5 17:35:56 CET 2004

Zain Memon wrote:

>I'm running Postfix as my MTA with Mailman, and I'm having a bit of
>trouble. I've created a list, added subscribers, and stuck the info
>into /etc/aliases.

Why not /usr/local/mailman/data/aliases which mailman will update
automatically with the right settings in mm_cfg.py

>However, when I email the listname at domain.com
>address, it bounces back as "Unknown User." Here's what shows up in
>Nov  5 00:24:51 fanime postfix/smtpd[18966]: connect from
>Nov  5 00:24:51 fanime postfix/smtpd[18966]: 2144F20BA:
>Nov  5 00:24:51 fanime postfix/cleanup[18969]: 2144F20BA:
>message-id=<4b398499041105002321e617d9 at mail.gmail.com>
>Nov  5 00:24:51 fanime postfix/qmgr[18963]: 2144F20BA:
>from=<zainie at gmail.com>, size=1236, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
>Nov  5 00:24:51 fanime postfix/virtual[18970]: 2144F20BA:
>to=<famine at fanime.kicks-ass.net>, relay=virtual, delay=0,
>status=bounced (unknown user: "famine at fanime.kicks-ass.net")
>Nov  5 00:24:51 fanime postfix/cleanup[18969]: 3C5E620BC:
>message-id=<20041105082451.3C5E620BC at fanime.kicks-ass.net>
>Nov  5 00:24:51 fanime postfix/qmgr[18963]: 3C5E620BC: from=<>,
>size=2956, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
>Nov  5 00:24:51 fanime postfix/qmgr[18963]: 2144F20BA: removed
>Nov  5 00:24:51 fanime postfix/smtpd[18966]: disconnect from
>Nov  5 00:24:53 fanime postfix/smtp[18972]: 3C5E620BC:
>to=<zainie at gmail.com>, relay=gsmtp171.google.com[],
>delay=2, status=sent (250 2.0.0 OK 1099643002)
>Nov  5 00:24:53 fanime postfix/qmgr[18963]: 3C5E620BC: removed
>Here's my main.cf file for Postfix: http://fanime.kicks-ass.net/main.cf
>I've been following the instructions on this page:

Did you follow the "mailman postfix howto" that's linked from the
Mailman section near the bottom of that page?

>If I had to guess, I'd say my problem was the relay... The log entry
>for recieving the email says relay=virtual while the log entry for
>sending the "User Unkown" email back to the server says
>"relay=gsmtp171.google.com[]"... and the latter works.

This seems definitely to be an alias problem. Did you run Postfix
"newaliases" or did you run Mailman bin/genaliases?

Mark Sapiro <msapiro at value.net>       The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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