[Mailman-Users] Error when accessing Mailman CGI web interface

Mark Cave-Ayland m.cave-ayland at webbased.co.uk
Wed Dec 21 11:00:00 CET 2005

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Dennis [mailto:jdennis at redhat.com]
> Sent: 20 December 2005 17:03
> To: Mark Cave-Ayland
> Cc: 'Mark Sapiro'; mailman-users at python.org
> Subject: RE: [Mailman-Users] Error when accessing Mailman CGI web
> interface


> Then I don't think I can help :-( Your original post said the you built
> mailman with uid=gid=mailman and the wrapper seems to be executing
> correctly based on a subsequent post. All looks good from here. Here is
> the sequence that should be happening, see if you can find any reason
> why its not:
> apache invokes the cgi wrapper as the user 'apache', the cgi wrapper
> verifies it was called by apache, then the wrapper does a setgid to
> mailman and invokes the driver script, the driver script should be group
> mailman, so it should have no problems reading the driver script, but
> that is what is failing, go figure, seems like it should work.

Hi John/Mark,

Thank you both very much for you suggestions. I have finally managed to get
mailman working on my FC3 box, after a lot of fiddling. What happened was
that someone had already installed the mailman FC3 RPM on the box in
question, and so I did an "rpm -e" to remove the old installation before
installing the .tar.gz file.

This left the mailman user in /etc/passwd, /etc/group and /etc/shadow and so
I decided to make use of this existing user to run the new mailman install.
However it seems that this was the cause of the problem. So I simply deleted
and recreated the mailman user with a new uid/gid, and now everything works
as expected.

Many thanks,


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