AW: [Mailman-Users] Unable to get Mailman up and running withqmail/vpopmail

DIGITAL FOR YOU - Alexander Schwethelm info at
Wed Nov 24 01:38:07 CET 2004

Hi there,

Sorry, it took me while to reply to your detailed and nice email, but I
needed to do some more investiagtion.

First of all I was partly able to send mail to a list on my machine, I'll
shortly explain, because it still is not configured correctly.  It would be
great I somebody could even answer some of my questions as this would
already make the picture clearer for me.

1. I re-configured mailman with "--with-mail-gid=vchkpw".  Here I am not
sure what would be correct and how this influences the installation/system.
So what should I use there mailman or vchkpw???

2. I know created a "/home/vpopmail/domains/mailman" for my .qmail files.
Before I either created /home/vpopmail/domains/mylist.domain.tld or droped a
.qmail file directly into /var/mailman.  What is correct here?

3. Putting "|/usr/bin/python /var/mailman/" in either
".qmail-default" or ".qmail-mylist" doesn't work.  What works is putting
"|/var/mailman/mail/mailman post mylist" into .qmail-mylist, but it would be
impossible to add for each list all those aliases.  What am I doing wrong?
Is there maybe something wrong with my ""-file?

4. Also, but not as important, I am already wondering why there is always a
text file attached to each message  (something like ATT00111.txt). This file
contains the listname, lists email address and the web link.  Why is that?

Thanks again and in advance for any support!!


-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Tierra [mailto:etierra at] 
Gesendet: Montag, 22. November 2004 07:08
An: Mark Sapiro
Cc: DIGITAL FOR YOU - Alexander Schwethelm; mailman-users at
Betreff: Re: [Mailman-Users] Unable to get Mailman up and running

On Sat, 20 Nov 2004 09:02:13 -0800, Mark Sapiro <msapiro at> wrote:
> Alexander Schwethelm wrote:
> >
> >What doesn't work and this is of course the most important part, is 
> >any mail to mailman.  Let's say I have a list 
> >mylist at lists.mydomain.tld and I send an email to this address as a 
> >list user, the mail gets stuck in the qmail queue.
> >
> >So I am not even sure if those mails ever reach mailman in order to 
> >process the mails?
> Have you read the README.QMAIL file that comes with the Mailman source 
> distribution?

I just want to re-emphasize the importance of the README.QMAIL file, it's
only user notes, but those are important notes you need to understand to get
mailman working.

I'm running the same config (qmail/vpopmail) using lists.mydomain.tld. Some
quick tips from me aside from the user notes in the above mentioned readme:

Let me jump on the first thing that comes to mind with your described
problem. Make sure you have the mailman user's maildir setup (and make sure
it's in the mailman user's home directory, which may be setup elsewhere from
/home/mailman, like /usr/local/mailman). I'm not actually sure if you need
the maildir setup, but it's just good practice. Then if your going the same
(easier) route I did setting up mailing lists, make sure you have your
.qmail-default file in the mailman home directory with "|/usr/bin/python
/usr/local/mailman/bin/" (or where ever you installed

That's all assuming your not doing mailing list aliases manually per list. I
highly suggest you take advantage of the script.
Continuing on, make sure qmail knows where to send emails going to
lists.yourdomain.tld by adding "lists.yourdomain.tld:mailman" in the qmail
virtualdomains file (if this isn't setup right, and rcpthosts is, that could
be the cause of keeping an email in the queue since it doesn't know where to
put it).

Make sure you have lists.yourdomain.tld in the rcpthosts file for qmail.
>From your description, it sounds like this is already done.

Last, but not least, if your still having problems, take a look at your
qmail logs for any description of what problems may be in the way.

Bryan Petty

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