[Mailman-Users] Mailman and Sendmail debugging questions

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Mon Jun 5 20:04:47 CEST 2006

Daniel, Barry K. wrote:
> Sorry this is so late since the last update but I have been on travel.
> My attempt to send email to the Mailman mailing list is bouncing and I
> do not know why.  Here are some excerpts from some appropriate files.

What's in your aliases file? There should be 10 entries for each list 
that look similar to the following excerpt for the 'mailman' list

  mailman:             "|/path/mailman/mail/mailman post mailman"
  mailman-admin:       "|/path/mailman/mail/mailman admin mailman"
  mailman-bounces:     "|/path/mailman/mail/mailman bounces mailman"
  mailman-confirm:     "|/path/mailman/mail/mailman confirm mailman"
  mailman-join:        "|/path/mailman/mail/mailman join mailman"
  mailman-leave:       "|/path/mailman/mail/mailman leave mailman"
  mailman-owner:       "|/path/mailman/mail/mailman owner mailman"
  mailman-request:     "|/path/mailman/mail/mailman request mailman"
  mailman-subscribe:   "|/path/mailman/mail/mailman subscribe mailman"
  mailman-unsubscribe: "|/path/mailman/mail/mailman unsubscribe mailman"

Without these, those local addresses won't be piped to Mailman.

> /usr/local/mailman/logs/smtp
> May 19 01:19:56 2006 (8840) <fcc2a6a24143.446d1d39 at domain.gov> smtp to
> testlist for 4 recips, completed in 0.080 seconds

This looks like an actual post was sent to 4 recipients.

> "/usr/local/mailman/logs/smtp" 56 lines, 7782 characters
> May 19 08:00:02 2006 (8986)
> <mailman.0.1148040001.9670.testlist at domainmta.domainpriv.gov> smtp to
> testlist for 1 recips, completed in 0.101 seconds

This and all the subsequent ones look like the "nn testlist moderator 
requests waiting" message sent to the testlist-owner address at 8:00 
a.m. daily, but it is not being received at the testlist-owner address 
and piped back to mailman for delivery to the actual owner

> /var/log/maillog
> Jun  5 08:00:02 domainwcs1 sendmail[3803]: [ID 801593 mail.info]
> k55C028Z003803: from=<testlist-bounces at domainmta.domainpriv.gov>,
> size=2214, class=-60,
> nrcpts=1,
> msgid=<mailman.0.1149508800.3782.testlist at domainmta.domainpriv.gov>,
> proto=ESMTP, daemon=MTA-v4, relay=localhost []
> Jun  5 08:00:02 domainwcs1 sendmail[3805]: [ID 801593 mail.info]
> k55C028Z003803: to=<testlist-owner at domainmta.domainpriv.gov>,
> delay=00:00:00, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=smtp, pri=230214,
> relay=smtp.domainpriv.gov. [], dsn=2.0.0, stat=Sent (2.5.0
> Ok.)

But it is sent somewhere - maybe /var/spool/mail/testlist-owner?

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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