[Mailman-Users] web interface permissions ?

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Tue Dec 1 17:21:27 CET 2009

Thomas Andrews wrote:
>On a newly installed mailman setup, the "Submit All Data" button has no 
>effect in the page "Tend to pending moderator requests". It doesn't 
>matter if I select 'Accept' 'Reject' or 'Discard', the effect is the 
>same - nothing.
>On other admin pages I can do anything I want - add users, change 
>defaults, etc, etc...
>I'm wondering if this is a permissions issue?

Possibly, but not too likely.

>I've checked /var/log/apache/* and /var/log/mailman/* plus the usual 
>syslog files for errors, and I can't see anything obviously wrong.
>This is pretty much a standard debian install with two lists: one 
>'mailman' list and another.
>I'm using mailman with Exim and had to make some small changes as 
>suggested in the docs to get it to work, and the SMTP side of it seems 
>to be perfectly fine - I just can't do things like discarding messages 
>from non-members.
>dpkg -l mailman gives me this:
>ii  mailman  1:2.1.12-3     Powerful, web-based mailing list manager
>Running "check_perms" gives me lots of permissions errors, but it was 
>like that before I touched any of the config files, so I'm wondering if 
>anyone else has had to fix this problem to get the mailman deb to work 

You should run 'check_perms -f' as root until the problems are fixed,
but there is one caveat. I think the Debian package installs a number
of symlinks and check_perms doesn't do well with symlinks. It checks
the ownership and mode of the symlink itself and finds a problem. It
then tries to fix the problem, but this fixes the target, not the
symlink. So, it will continue to report problems with the permissions
of the symlink even though there are really no problems.

What happens when you click the "Submit All Data" button? does it
reload the same page or what?

If you look at the page source, what is the action url in the form tag?
Is it correct? Is it something that the web server redirects? Is it
the same as that on the admin pages except for 'admindb' instead of

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