[Mailman-Users] mailman stopped working after upgrade

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Fri Sep 16 19:53:06 CEST 2005

Daevid Vincent wrote:
>Well, exim hasn't changed since that date above, and the config hasn't
>changed for even longer, so I believe it *is* mailman and not exim:
># ll
>total 80
>drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Jun 26 12:45 .
>drwxr-xr-x  77 root root  4096 Sep 13 03:14 ..
>-rw-r--r--   1 root root   775 Jul  7 00:57 auth_conf.sub
>-rw-r--r--   1 root root 29452 Apr 29 13:54 exim.conf
>-rw-r--r--   1 root root 25931 Jul  7 00:57 exim.conf.dist
>-rw-r--r--   1 root root  8120 Jul  7 00:57 system_filter.exim
>Mailman WAS working just fine until September 7th, when I updated it.
># ll /usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman
>-rwxr-sr-x  1 mailman mailman 7768 Sep  7 11:34

OK. It may well be Mailman. If so, the change is that prior to the
update, the wrapper was expecting to be invoked as group 'mail' and
now it is expecting to be invoked as group 'mailman', but you say you
can't change configure to make the --with-mail-gid = 'mail' because
"Re-emerging doesn't let me change those .ebuild values. MD5 errors
and such."

So it would seem you have two choices:
1) change Exim so it does in fact invoke the wrapper as group mailman.

2) find the src directory and change the line in src/Makefile that says

MAIL_GROUP=     mailman


MAIL_GROUP=     mail

and remake the wrapper.

Of course, 2) will only avoid the problem until the next update.

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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