[Mailman-Users] Problem with a mailman list setup

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Fri Jan 25 04:33:51 CET 2008

Matthew Farr wrote:
> Yes, the other lists are working.
> I can see some of these aliases in virtual-mailman and virtual-mailman.db --
> but there is a warning not to edit these files. Actually, one functioning
> list isn't in either of these files, which makes me think there is a
> separate aliases file elsewhere...
> OK, same directory I see aliases. This file does have my new list of aliases
> (which I did NOT enter manually):
> # STANZA START: risingsun
> # CREATED: Tue Jan 22 11:15:27 2008
> risingsun:             "|/usr/lib/mailman/mail/mailman post risingsun"
> risingsun-admin:       "|/usr/lib/mailman/mail/mailman admin risingsun"
> risingsun-bounces:     "|/usr/lib/mailman/mail/mailman bounces risingsun"
> risingsun-confirm:     "|/usr/lib/mailman/mail/mailman confirm risingsun"
> risingsun-join:        "|/usr/lib/mailman/mail/mailman join risingsun"
> risingsun-leave:       "|/usr/lib/mailman/mail/mailman leave risingsun"
> risingsun-owner:       "|/usr/lib/mailman/mail/mailman owner risingsun"
> risingsun-request:     "|/usr/lib/mailman/mail/mailman request risingsun"
> risingsun-subscribe:   "|/usr/lib/mailman/mail/mailman subscribe risingsun"
> risingsun-unsubscribe: "|/usr/lib/mailman/mail/mailman unsubscribe
> risingsun"
> # STANZA END: risingsun
> However, the aliases.db DOES NOT include any of this information. Is there a
> way I can edit this file? Do I need to? Could this be my problem?

The aliases.db file is updated from the aliases file by the command

postalias /path/to/data/aliases

The list creation process that added these aliases to the data/aliases
file should run the postalias command defined as POSTFIX_ALIAS_CMD in
Defaults.py/mm_cfg.py (default is /usr/sbin/postalias) to update the
aliases.db.  Perhaps this failed for some reason.

Another possibility is that Postfix's main.cf doesn't reference
data/aliases in alias_maps.

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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