[Mailman-Users] basic postfix/mailman setup issue

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Tue Mar 20 16:17:15 CET 2007

Peter wrote:

>I am testing a basic installation of mailman 2.1.8 on OpenBSD 4.0.
>When I try to reply to the confirmation request I get an error from postfix 
>saying that <list>-request at domain.com is not in the recipient table:
>Recipient address rejected: User unknown in local recipient table
>I thought the mailman aliases handles this?  I have the following in main.cf:
>alias_maps = hash:/etc/mail/aliases
>/etc/mail/aliases contains:
>mailman:              "|/usr/local/lib/mailman/mail/mailman post mailman"
>mailman-admin:        "|/usr/local/lib/mailman/mail/mailman admin mailman"
>mailman-bounces:      "|/usr/local/lib/mailman/mail/mailman bounces mailman"
>mailman-confirm:      "|/usr/local/lib/mailman/mail/mailman confirm mailman"
>mailman-join:         "|/usr/local/lib/mailman/mail/mailman join mailman"
>mailman-leave:        "|/usr/local/lib/mailman/mail/mailman leave mailman"
>mailman-owner:        "|/usr/local/lib/mailman/mail/mailman owner mailman"
>mailman-request:      "|/usr/local/lib/mailman/mail/mailman request mailman"
>mailman-subscribe:    "|/usr/local/lib/mailman/mail/mailman subscribe mailman"
>mailman-unsubscribe:  "|/usr/local/lib/mailman/mail/mailman unsubscribe 
>What else do I need to do?

Those aliases are only for the one 'mailman' site list. You need a set
for each list with it's own list name. E.g.,

<list>:      "|/usr/local/lib/mailman/mail/mailman post <list>"

and so on - a full set of 10 for each list.

With Postfix you can do this 'automatically' from Mailman. You set

MTA = 'Postfix'

in mm_cfg.py, and you add


(or whatever the correct path is) to alias_maps in your Postfix
main.cf. See <http://www.list.org/mailman-install/node13.html> for
more complete information.

All of mailman's aliases will then be automatically maintained in

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