[Mailman-Users] Re: mailman setup

demo macangels at spamcop.net
Wed Sep 22 15:03:33 CEST 2004


> Subject: Mailman-Users Digest, Vol 7, Issue 54
>> Okay, I have mailman running and created the initial list 'mailman'.  My
>> questiong is, do i actually have to keep this list for mailman to run or
>> can i hide this list from the actual lists page?
> You have to keep the list, but normally, you designate it as "private"
> (not advertised), and it doesn't appear on the site listinfo page.

Just to document this,

in the Apple version of Mailman - for which there is little/no OEM
documentation or support - if you use the GUI to delete the Mailman list you
cannot remake it without, it seems, deleting all lists and starting over.

The archive remains in /var/mailman/archives/public and private but list not
appear in /var/mailman/lists

The lists seem to keep functioning but I will have to have a look and see if
it is about to fall over.

If you re-create it - or indeed a new List - via the 'Apple undocumented'
web interface, you get the following error message *BUT* Mailman will create
the list which will then appear in the GUI.

I guess this underlines problems in creating GUIs for one OS to control
Mailman even with the weigh of a corp behind you.



Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/share/mailman/scripts/driver", line 87, in run_main
  File "/usr/share/mailman/Mailman/Cgi/create.py", line 55, in main
    process_request(doc, cgidata)
  File "/usr/share/mailman/Mailman/Cgi/create.py", line 217, in
    sys.modules[modname].create(mlist, cgi=1)
  File "/usr/share/mailman/Mailman/MTA/Postfix.py", line 232, in create
  File "/usr/share/mailman/Mailman/MTA/Postfix.py", line 53, in _update_maps
    raise RuntimeError, msg % (acmd, status, errstr)
RuntimeError: command failed: /usr/sbin/postalias
/private/var/mailman/data/aliases (status: 1, Operation not permitted)

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