[Mailman-Users] New mailman user

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Sun Sep 4 00:14:58 CEST 2005

Andrew Steele wrote:

>On 3 Sep 2005 at 12:25, Mark Sapiro wrote:
>> If you are sending to the listname at ... address, it might be an alias or
>> Exim/Mailman integration problem. Exim/Mailman integration is described at
>> http://www.exim.org/howto/mailman21.html.
>It does seem that the aliases are somehome not correctly created.  I 
>checked the aliases file and only the test list had its aliases in the 

Exim doesn't need aliases to work with Mailman. If it is integrated per
the above howto document, it actually looks at the Mailman lists/
directory to determine whether an address is for a Mailman list. Thus
aliases don't need to be added or removed when lists are created or

>> The FAQ at
>> http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/faqw-mm.py?req=show&file=faq03.014.htp
>> covers some things, but they are for the most part not things a list
>> owner with only web access to Mailman can do.
>I have shell access so ran the check_perms routine which threw up 12 
>     ./check_perms
>     directory permissions must be 02775: /usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin
>     /usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin/edithtml must be set-gid
>     /usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin/confirm must be set-gid
>     /usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin/listinfo must be set-gid
>     /usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin/admin must be set-gid
>     /usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin/create must be set-gid
>     /usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin/subscribe must be set-gid
>     /usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin/admindb must be set-gid
>     /usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin/rmlist must be set-gid
>     /usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin/roster must be set-gid
>     /usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin/options must be set-gid
>     /usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin/private must be set-gid
>So I ran check_perms -f and the fixes went through.  I then ran rmlist to 
>delete the problem list with the intention of recreating it from scratch 
>now the permissions have been fixed.

These check_perms errors only have to do with the operation of the web
interface. They wouldn't have affected the operation of the list.

>Now, sadly, going to the mailman pages returns a 500 error - typically I 
>found this error caused by faulty .htaccess files but I'm not sure where, 
>if at all, this file might be located within the Mailman configuration.

I'm guessing you now have a cgi wrapper group mismatch error. See

Also, if you have access to your web server's error log, look there for
more specific information. Also, be sure the group of the cgi-bin/
directory and the wrappers it contains is the Mailman's group.

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

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