[Mailman-Users] /etc/aliases vs. /etc/mailman/aliases

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Sat Oct 18 19:51:46 CEST 2008

Scott Race wrote:
>How can I tell Postfix to also check the /etc/mailman/aliases file, or
>is it better to tell mailman to write to the /etc/aliases file?  Seems
>like I'd rather keep my malman aliases in /etc/mailman/aliases.

This is really a RedHat package question (i.e. why doesn't RedHat's
package update Postfix main.cf?), but ...

It is better to keep your Mailman aliases separate. Otherwise, you will
run into permissions issues and also, Mailman doesn't really know
about 'other' aliases in /etc/aliases and various Mailman events can
lose some or all of them.

You probably have something like

alias_maps = hash:/etc/aliases

in your Postfix main.cf. Possibly other files are listed too. You need
to add "hash:/etc/mailman/aliases" to the list, e.g.

alias_maps = hash:/etc/aliases, hash:/etc/mailman/aliases

and reload postfix.

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San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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