[Mailman-Users] File/directory permissions in Mailman

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Thu Mar 19 18:10:52 CET 2009

Jeff Bernier wrote:

>When I run the check_perms command, I get the following result:
>Warning: Private archive directory is other-executable (o+x).
>         This could allow other users on your system to read private archives.
>         If you're on a shared multiuser system, you should consult the
>         installation manual on how to fix this.
>I correct this, but If I come back and run the command again, say, after restarting the Mailman server, the warning reappears.

Do not "correct" this without reading and understanding the warning at

>In addition to this, as new messages are archived and their associated files and directories are created, I see results like the example below if I again run the check_perms command:
>directory permissions must be 02775: /private/var/mailman/archives/private/list-name/attachments/20090319

And what are the permissions on the newly created directories before
you change them?

Is the /private/var/mailman/archives/private/list-name/attachments/
directory SETGID?

>Running check_perms -f fixes it, but the very next time a message is archived, this permissions error condition occurs again.
>I am using a graphical SSH utility called WinSCP to make these changes. Could this be part of my problem?

Could be, but probably not. If you are actually interacting with a
shell, it shouldn't matter how you got there.

>Mailman 2.1.9 on Mac OS X Server 10.5.6

Did you install this Mailman from source, or is it Apple's Mailman. If
it is Apple's, you may need to go there for help.

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