[Mailman-Users] alias question...

Dov Oxenberg boxenberg at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 1 04:21:54 CEST 2008

Hi Mark,
Not surprisingly you were right on target again :-)
And please bear with me as I am relatively new to Linux and I really do try to help myself as much as I can before turning to the list for help.
Apparently the target files/folders on my system are under /var/lib/mailman/.  So, thanks to your help I have now overcome this hurdle.  And yes, I had postfix set as the value for MTA.I am now stepping through all the troubleshooting steps in the mailman FAQ here http://www.python.org/cgi-bin/faqw-mm.py?req=show&file=faq04.078.htp as I am not able to see pending requests in the web interface and not receiving mail from the list, any kind of mail (also not seeing the logo images, just the placeholders).
What is strange is that in the graphical web based administration interface to my VPS, all the permissions appear set correctly, as far as I know, on /var/lib/mailman because I am seeing list as the group and root as the user on all the directories.  As far as the user, list is only on locks and qfiles.
When I originally ran check_perms it returned something like 80 "errors" so I ran it again with the -f flag and am now getting 11 errors, but only in the command line!  When I again run check_perms -f it still reports back the same 11 "errors" as in:
/var/lib/mailman/logs bad group (has: root; expected list) (fixing) and so forth through the remaining 10 directories.
I have rebooted the machine but still appear to be stuck in the loop....any ideas???
Thanks again for your indulgence.

> Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 14:55:32 -0700> From: mark at msapiro.net> To: boxenberg at hotmail.com> CC: mailman-users at python.org> Subject: Re: RE: [Mailman-Users] alias question...> > Dov Oxenberg wrote:> > Hi,> > Actually this is probably the fourth or fifth time I am revisiting > > "Chapter 6."> > But I seem to be making better progress now than in my previous attempts.> > I am at the part where I am trying to make sure data/aliases* have the > > correct ownership, GID, etc. When I issue "genaliases" it seems to > > work...at least I get the command prompt back with no reported errors. > > Then, I try to do "chown mailman:mailman..." and am receiving the error > > message "chown: cannot access 'data/aliases*' : No such file or directory"> > > Have you set> > MTA = 'Postfix'> > in mm_cfg.py? Probably you have since genaliases would report a lot of > aliases if it were the default MTA = 'Manual'.> > > > I should point out in my installation the path to the mailman bin is > > /usr/lib/mailman/bin in case that makes any difference. But I thought > > by running the "genaliases" (from the mailman "bin" directory) the > > script would create the aliases for me??? Obviously I am mistaken...but > > what am I doing wrong now????> > > Assuming that you do have MTA = 'Postfix', you need to be in the right > directory when you do the chown. This certainly isn't > /usr/lib/mailman/bin. It may be /usr/lib/mailman/data, or something else > depending on how the Mailman you are installing was configured. The > name of the directory id data/ and it will be in whatever was configured > as var-prefix which may be /usr/lib/mailman/ or something in /var.> > -- > Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net> The highway is for gamblers,> San Francisco Bay Area, California better use your sense - B. Dylan> 

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