[Mailman-Users] Join List Problem

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Tue May 6 21:07:33 CEST 2008

Bill Honneus wrote:
>Now I am getting the following error:
>----- Forwarded Message ----
>From: Mail Delivery Subsystem <MAILER-DAEMON at my.domain.com>
>To: myAddress at yahoo.com
>Sent: Tuesday, May 6, 2008 1:11:04 PM
>Subject: Returned mail: see transcript for details
>The original message was received at Tue, 6 May 2008 13:11:04 -0400
>from my-hostname.domain.com []
>  ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----
>"|/usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman join test"
>    (reason: 2)
>    (expanded from: <test-join at my.domain.com>)
>  ----- Transcript of session follows -----
>Group mismatch error.  Mailman expected the mail
>wrapper script to be executed as group "mailman", but
>the system's mail server executed the mail script as
>group "mail".  Try tweaking the mail server to run the
>script as group "mailman", or re-run configure,
>providing the command line option `--with-mail-gid=mail'.
>554 5.3.0 unknown mailer error 2
>Reporting-MTA: dns; my.domain.com
>Received-From-MTA: DNS; my-hostname.domain.com
>Arrival-Date: Tue, 6 May 2008 13:11:04 -0400

>I tried to change the ownership of the symbolic link to mailman, but
>that didn't seem to take:
>[root at 157226-mail smrsh]# chown :mailman mailman
>[root at 157226-mail smrsh]# ls -l
>total 0
>lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root 31 May  6 13:18 mailman ->
>[root at 157226-mail smrsh]# =20

Ownership and permissions of the symlink itself are not relevant
anyway, since everything is determined by the target.

The group under which sendmail invokes the pipe (mail in this case)
comes from the sendmail config (sendmail.mc/sendmail.cf), but I'm not
a sendmail guy, so I can't tell you how to change it.

The alternitive is to rerun configure and make install with all options
as before except for the addition of --with-mail-gid=mail for


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