[Mailman-Users] Permissions issue w/ Apache

Bill Honneus (honneus) honneus at cisco.com
Thu May 1 23:39:49 CEST 2008

Hi Mark,

That was the problem.  I added that directory statement and I now get an
error page showing the following:

Mailman CGI error!!!
The Mailman CGI wrapper encountered a fatal error. This entry is being
stored in your syslog: 
Group mismatch error.  Mailman expected the CGI wrapper script to be
executed as group "nobody", but the system's web server executed the CGI
script as group "apache".  Try tweaking the web server to run the script
as group "nobody", or re-run configure, providing the command line
option `--with-cgi-gid=apache'.

This seems self explanatory enough.  So now if I run ./configure again
from my original staging area with the above mentioned option, will I
need to run "make install" again afterwards and redo all my original
custom configuration?



-----Original Message-----
From: mailman-users-bounces+honneus=cisco.com at python.org
[mailto:mailman-users-bounces+honneus=cisco.com at python.org] On Behalf Of
Mark Sapiro
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2008 5:35 PM
To: mailman-users at python.org
Subject: Re: [Mailman-Users] Permissions issue w/ Apache

Bill Honneus wrote:
>I just completed the mailman setup instructions and was able to create 
>a mail list with the command line option and receive an email 
>notification.  However, the Apache web browsing part doesn't seem to 
>work as I get a permissions error page when I attempt to browse to 
>"http://<my-mailman-IP-addr>/mailman/create.  I have my httpd.conf set 
>up to point the alias to the mailman script folder as such:
>ScritpAlias    /mailman/    "/usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin/"
>The permissions on each script are shown below:
>-rwxr-sr-x  1 root mailman 21127 Apr 29 17:43 admin -rwxr-sr-x  1 root 
>mailman 21159 Apr 29 17:43 admindb -rwxr-sr-x  1 root mailman 21159 Apr

>29 17:43 confirm -rwxr-sr-x  1 root mailman 21159 Apr 29 17:43 create 
>-rwxr-sr-x  1 root mailman 21159 Apr 29 17:43 edithtml -rwxr-sr-x  1 
>root mailman 21159 Apr 29 17:43 listinfo -rwxr-sr-x  1 root mailman 
>21159 Apr 29 17:43 options -rwxr-sr-x  1 root mailman 21159 Apr 29 
>17:43 private -rwxr-sr-x  1 root mailman 21159 Apr 29 17:43 rmlist 
>-rwxr-sr-x  1 root mailman 21159 Apr 29 17:43 roster -rwxr-sr-x  1 root

>mailman 21159 Apr 29 17:43 subscribe
>Can somebody please recommend the next step(s) to troubleshoot this 

What is the exact error in the apache error-log?

Just guessing, but I suspect you may not have allowed access to
/usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin/. You may need

<Directory "/usr/local/mailman/cgi-bin/">
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all

in your httpd.conf.

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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