[Mailman-Users] Mailman GID problem

David Southwell david at vizion2000.net
Fri Apr 20 20:32:13 CEST 2007

On Friday 20 April 2007 09:38:03 Jeffrey Goldberg wrote:
> On Apr 20, 2007, at 10:42 AM, David Southwell wrote:
> > Extract from /var/maillog
> > Apr 20 08:24:58 dns1 Mailman mail-wrapper: Group mismatch error.
> > Mailman
> > expected the mail wrapper script to be executed as group "nobody",
> > but the
> > system's mail server executed the mail script as group "mailman".  Try
> > tweaking the mail server to run the script as group "nobody", or re-
> > run
> > configure,  providing the command line option `--with-mail-
> > gid=mailman'.
> I've given a complementary response on the mailman-users list (to
> which I'm also cc'ing this)
> Nothing I say below takes away from what I said in that previous
> post.  The answers to the questions I've asked would have resolved
> this problem long ago.
> There appears to be a bug in the pkg-install file that comes with the
> current mailman port.  When one installs (through FreeBSD ports)
> mailman selecting postfix as the MTA, the MAIL_GID correctly gets set
> to "nobody"
> But in the pkg-install script all of the mailman files get set with
>      echo "---> Creating Mailman directory (/usr/local/mailman)"
>      (umask 002 && /bin/mkdir -p "/usr/local/mailman") || exit 1
>      /usr/sbin/chown -R "mailman:mailman" "/usr/local/mailman" || exit 1
>      /bin/chmod g+s "/usr/local/mailman" || exit 1
> Which is correct for everything except for /usr/local/mailman/data
> which should actually be set with
>     chown -R nobody:mailman /usr/local/mailman/data
> I don't know enough about ports to actually find the source pkg-
> install fine (the one I looked at and quoted from is after make has
> edited it with sed).  So I'm not certain whether the problem is in
> the Makefile or in the source for the pkg-install.
> I experienced the same problem David had just a few weeks ago, but I
> attributed the problem (which I fixed by manually doing the chown) to
> me having moved my mailman set up from one machine to another.  So I
> thought that I had the wrong permissions for /usr/local/mailman/data
> as a consequence of the move and not because the mailman FreeBSD port
> was broken.
> When I saw some of David's problems I started to have some
> suspicions, but I wasn't able to get enough information from him to
> really look at the ownerships the port set up.

The problem is I was not able to actually rebuild the ports doing a config. It 
seems once mailman has been installed once you cannot       get the config 
screne up and another make install leaves things exactly as they were for the 
previous installation. The original installation preferences are preserved - 
so I cannot tell you how the port created the ownership orininally. All I can 
tell you is that I followed the instructions in docs.
Sorry to appear to be unhelpful -- but if there is anything I can do please 
let me know.

Thanks agian for your warmth and help
> Cheers,
> -j

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