[Mailman-Users] Not receiving anything, debugging

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Wed Oct 8 17:06:14 CEST 2008

ke-mailman at retriever.dyndns.org wrote:

>I've managed to set-up mailman, fighting exim every step of the way.
>I'm on ubuntu gutsy.
>I'm using these aliases in /etc/aliases:
>mylist:              "|/var/lib/mailman/mail/mailman post mylist" 
>mylist-admin:        "|/var/lib/mailman/mail/mailman admin mylist"  
>mylist-bounces:      "|/var/lib/mailman/mail/mailman bounces mylist"

You can set up exim so it doesn't need aliases for Mailman. See

>I see this in /var/log/exim4/mainlog:
>2008-10-07 21:08:15 1KnQLP-0007aq-KE <= unsubscribed_user at mydomain.org U=some_user P=local S=535 id=20081008040815.GA29157 at mydomain.org
>2008-10-07 21:08:16 1KnQLP-0007aq-KE => |/var/lib/mailman/mail/mailman post mylist <mylist at mydomain.org> R=system_aliases T=address_alias_pipe
>2008-10-07 21:08:16 1KnQLP-0007aq-KE Completed
>2008-10-07 21:09:49 1KnQMv-0007b3-Ig <= subscribed_user at mydomain.org U=some_user P=local S=543 id=20081008040949.GB29157 at mydomain.org
>2008-10-07 21:09:50 1KnQMv-0007b3-Ig => |/var/lib/mailman/mail/mailman post mylist <mylist at mydomain.org> R=system_aliases T=address_alias_pipe
>2008-10-07 21:09:50 1KnQMv-0007b3-Ig Completed
>but I receive nothing (even though I allow non-subscribers to post),
>and nothing gets archived (even though I have that enabled.)
>Also, when I subscribe someone, they never get an email.

The most likely explanation is you haven't started mailmanctl.

See the FAQ at <http://wiki.list.org/x/A4E9>.

>Doesn't mailman have any sort of logging ?

Yes, see the above FAQ.

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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