[Mailman-Users] Bad error message
msapiro at value.net
Tue Nov 1 05:46:31 CET 2005
Dwight Tovey wrote:
>It was driving me nuts because the 'nofiles' group does exist in
>/etc/group and was being used by some of the qmail processes. After much
>digging around, I finally found that the message was coming from the
>'mailman' program itself. In src/common.c, line 142, there is a fatal()
>call in 'check_caller()' if the caller's GID fails to resolve to a name
>(getgrgid() returns a NULL). The error message though is misleading. I
>thought that it had a group name (nofiles) and couldn't resolve it to a
>GID. Since there was a 'nofiles' group, I didn't know what was going on.
>As it turned out, the qmail delivery program was running under a GID that
>didn't have a group entry and was thus triggering the error.
>I think a better error message would be something like:
>"Failure to find group name for GID %d:...". Once I changed the message
>to that, it was easy to see what was going on.
Sorry you had such a runaround on this. If you had searched the
archives of this list, you might have found
which might have helped.
Anyway, thanks for the report. I have developed a patch for the message
which will make it to SourceForge and into CVS as soon as I have a
chance to compile and test it.
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San Francisco Bay Area, California better use your sense - B. Dylan
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