[Mailman-Users] Errors on mailman startup

Dave Filchak submit at zuka.net
Fri May 29 18:28:24 CEST 2009

Mark Sapiro wrote:
> Dave Filchak wrote:
>> Well .. I have ran through most of the FAQs and the debugging techniques 
>> listed in them and all SEEMS like it is functioning correctly. I have 
>> also upgraded Mailman to 2.1.8 from 2.1.6 and I still have the exact 
>> same problem. After upgrading, I didn't run the debugging stuff again so 
>> I will try it again but I honestly do not think that it will help me.
> The exception occurs in the Python smtplib and is independent of the
> Mailman version.
> Did you actually do the test described in the post at
> <http://mail.python.org/pipermail/mailman-users/2005-May/044976.html>
> (linked from the FAQ) as the Mailman user?
Yes. This test was fine.
> Did you actually try to send mail as described in the post at
> <http://mail.python.org/pipermail/mailman-users/2005-May/044746.html>
> (linked from the FAQ) as the Mailman user?
This worked as well although, as I mention below, I am not logged in a 
mailman as mailman has no login shell and no password. Do I need to 
create one for mailman and try it again?
> If you did those as the Mailman user and they didn't show any error,
> then I can't explain why it fails when OutgoingRunner does the exact
> same thing.
Did not do them as the mailman user but as another user (not root). User 
mailman has no login shell (/sbin/nologin) Should mailman need a login 
shell and passwd? It never has before and mailman was working. Again, 
there was a UPS failure at my ISP and the servers lost power abruptly so 
something might have happened then. But everything else is working, 
including regular mail.


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