[Mailman-Users] bug in mailman 2.1.5, please help

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Tue May 17 23:40:03 CEST 2005

Alias Mohd FKE wrote:
>Bug in Mailman version 2.1.5
>We're sorry, we hit a bug!
>If you would like to help us identify the problem, please email a copy of this page to the webmaster for this site with a description of what happened. Thanks!
>Traceback (most recent call last):
>  File "/usr/local/mailman/scripts/driver", line 87, in run_main
>    main()
>  File "/usr/local/mailman/Mailman/Cgi/create.py", line 55, in main
>    process_request(doc, cgidata)
>  File "/usr/local/mailman/Mailman/Cgi/create.py", line 226, in process_request
>    sys.modules[modname].create(mlist, cgi=1)
>  File "/usr/local/mailman/Mailman/MTA/Postfix.py", line 232, in create
>    _update_maps()
>  File "/usr/local/mailman/Mailman/MTA/Postfix.py", line 53, in _update_maps
>    raise RuntimeError, msg % (acmd, status, errstr)
>RuntimeError: command failed: /usr/sbin/postalias /usr/local/mailman/data/aliases (status: 1, Operation not permitted)

You are creating a new list via the web. You have specified Postfix as
your MTA so the last part of the process tries to update
/usr/local/mailman/data/aliases and run /usr/sbin/postalias to update
/usr/local/mailman/data/aliases.db. It is failing - probably for lack
of permission.

Be sure that both /usr/local/mailman/data/aliases and
/usr/local/mailman/data/aliases.db are in the mailman group and are
group writeable. Unfortunately bin/check_perms doesn't check this

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San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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