[Mailman-Users] Mailmain Error - senddigests

David Hwang dhwang at m-powered.com
Sun Jun 5 12:45:41 CEST 2005

Mark Sapiro wrote:

>Maybe it's in /var/mailman. It could be anywhere depending on how
>Mailman was installed. Try running
>find / -name mailman
>as root to locate the directory where the installed mailman software is.
I found the bin directory in /usr/lib/mailman:

root at m5 /usr/lib/mailman/bin# ./check_perms -f
No problems found

I remember doing this when I finished the installation as well.

>>permissions on /home/mailman/lists/mailman/config.pck are:
>>-rw-rw----   1   mailman   mailman
>>Does that give any clues?
>Does the mailman crontab that runs the Mailman cron jobs run them as
>user 'mailman'?

Ah, ha.  This looks like the problem.  I've found the cron entries under 

root at m5 /var/spool/fcron# ls -l
total 16
-rw-------    1 root     root          691 Jun  5 05:49 m5guru
-rw-r-----    1 fcron    fcron        1251 Oct 22  2004 m5guru.orig
-rw-------    1 root     root          507 Jun  5 05:49 root
-rw-------    1 root     fcron         420 Mar 23  2004 root.orig

It looks like they are being run under m5guru.orig:

root at m5 /var/spool/fcron# cat m5guru.orig
# At 8AM every day, mail reminders to admins as to pending requests.
# They are less likely to ignore these reminders if they're mailed
# early in the morning, but of course, this is local time... ;)
0 8 * * * /usr/bin/python -S /usr/lib/mailman/cron/checkdbs
# At 9AM, send notifications to disabled members that are due to be
# reminded to re-enable their accounts.
0 9 * * * /usr/bin/python -S /usr/lib/mailman/cron/disabled
# Noon, mail digests for lists that do periodic as well as threshhold 
0 12 * * * /usr/bin/python -S /usr/lib/mailman/cron/senddigests
# 5 AM on the first of each month, mail out password reminders.
0 5 1 * * /usr/bin/python -S /usr/lib/mailman/cron/mailpasswds
# Every 5 mins, try to gate news to mail.  You can comment this one out
# if you don't want to allow gating, or don't have any going on right now,
# or want to exclusively use a callback strategy instead of polling.
#0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * /usr/bin/python -S 
# At 3:27am every night, regenerate the gzip'd archive file.  Only
# turn this on if the internal archiver is used and
# GZIP_ARCHIVE_TXT_FILES is false in mm_cfg.py
27 3 * * * /usr/bin/python -S /usr/lib/mailman/cron/nightly_gzip

So it looks like I've just got to transfer these jobs to run under 

Now I've just got to figure out how to do that with 'fcron'

>What are the permissions on the /home/mailman/lists/mailman/ directory
>(presumably /home/mailman/lists/ is OK or lists wouldn't work)? They
>are usually
>drwxrwsr-x   2 root    mailman

The permissions are a little bit different.  Should this make a difference?:

drwxrwsr-x    2 mailman  mailman      4096 Nov  4  2004 mailman/

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

Thanks for all of your help.

David Hwang

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