[Mailman-Users] Mailman not automatically updating its aliases file

Mark Ratcliff mratcliff at tsl.state.tx.us
Mon Aug 24 18:05:14 CEST 2009

This worked. I was able to find where it was being written to, which was
/etc/mailman/aliases when I was expecting it to be in
/var/lib/mailman/data. All I have to do is point postfix to this
directory and all will be well.


-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Race [mailto:scott at 916networks.com] 
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2009 8:26 PM
To: Mark Ratcliff
Cc: mailman-users at python.org
Subject: RE: Mailman not automatically updating its aliases file

Check the permissions and ownership of the aliases file (not in front of
my install, but documentation tells you how it should be set - I believe
on my install the group ownership is list)

Also - I believe your Postfix main.cf file needs to have an entry
pointing to an additional aliases file, instead of updating the
/etc/aliases file.  However, on a fresh install a few days ago (my first
2.1.11 install), I found that it's dropping the aliases file that it
updates in something like /var/lib/mailman.  That was new to me, but
seemed to work out of the box.

So go to your root directory and do a 

#find -name aliases

and see if you have multiple aliases files, maybe it's hanging out in
the mailman install directory.

-----Original Message-----
From: mailman-users-bounces+scott=916networks.com at python.org
[mailto:mailman-users-bounces+scott=916networks.com at python.org] On
Behalf Of Mark Ratcliff
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2009 10:29 AM
To: mailman-users at python.org
Subject: [Mailman-Users] Mailman not automatically updating its aliases

I was recently tasked with setting up a new mailman server.
We installed mm2.1.9 via yum on a RHEL5.3 server with postfix installed.
varprefix=/var/lib/mailman and prefix =/usr/lib/mailman.
This is what I have for custom lines in my mm_cfg.py:
DEFAULT_EMAIL_HOST = 'mm server name'
DEFAULT_URL_HOST = 'mm server name'
MTA = 'Postfix'
My problem is that whenever I use the newlist command and I create a
list, it doesnt automatically update the aliases file. According to the
install documentation on the mailman website, I only had to do a few
things including adding MTA='Postfix', etc. Are there any other settings
that I need to check on in order to make sure it is working?
Thanks for any replies.
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