[Mailman-Users] mm_cfg.py in /usr : SELinux problem

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Wed Apr 1 16:42:42 CEST 2009

Daniel Novotny wrote:
>we are now having a problem, how to adapt mailman configuration (mm_cfg.py)
>to SELinux policy:
>it resides in /usr and the SELinux maintainer argues /usr should be read-only,
>which is not satisfied, when you change the configuration (and the .pyc file
>has to be generated in /usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/ , too)
>I have thought about the way to fix this problem: simply moving the
>file to /etc or /var is not enough, because it's part of the package "Mailman"
>and lots of files say "from Mailman import mm_cfg"
>any thoughts of this?
> thanks and regards,
>       Daniel Novotny, Red Hat inc.

I thought RedHat were the experts on this. See

I understand your issue with mm_cfg. All I can suggest is symlinks
might help. I thought the current RedHat package currently has a
symlink /etc/mm_cfg.py -> /usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/mm_cfg.py (or vice
versa). Does this help?

If the problem is strictly with mm_cfg.pyc, you may be able to make
/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/mm_cfg.pyc an empty file with mode 0000 (or
(0400) so python won't try to write it.

If John Dennis is still at RedHat, he may be able to help as I think
he's probably thought about this more than anyone.

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

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