[Mailman-Users] mailman complaining about script permissions after running normally for a period...

Brad Knowles brad at stop.mail-abuse.org
Fri Mar 4 15:41:37 CET 2005

At 11:12 AM +0000 2005-03-04, it support wrote:

>  I've tracked down the problem to the ownership of the files are changing.
>  No longer are they being owned by mailman, but by root. I can fix the
>  problem by resetting the ownership of the files to mailman and
>  re-running check_perms -f to fix any stray permissions, but its
>  frustrating for the list users who have to wait for this to be done.

	There's nothing within Mailman that would cause this kind of behaviour.

>  I've checked the cron scripts on the machine and can't see anything that
>  would affect the files in that part of the file system.

	I don't know anything about your OS.  I'd recommend you use the 
mailing lists, newsgroups, FAQs, etc... that are appropriate to what 
you're running.

	I can tell you that the problem may be a logfile rotation script, 
or some other sort of cron job, or maybe it's being run indirectly -- 
some other cron job runs some other command which results in the kind 
of behaviour you're seeing.

>  Has anyone else seen this problem and do they know the cause of it?

	You could search the archives of the mailman-users mailing list, 
such as described at 
I've heard of these kinds of problems before, but I don't know if 
they occurred on the same platform that you're running.

Brad Knowles, <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org>

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