[Mailman-Users] Trying again from the start -- Re: Help inunderstandingMailmansetup

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Tue Dec 7 01:30:35 CET 2010

Robert Moskowitz wrote:
>Through trail and error, user apache needed access.
>Should user apache be added to the mailman group, as the files seem to 
>have root:mailman or mailman:mailman as their owners?

The way this is supposed to work is all the files in
/usr/lib/mailman/cgi-bin/ are compiled wrappers that are supposed to
be group 'mailman' and SETGID. Thus, when they are invoked through
Apache's ScriptAlias, they run with effective group 'mailman'. See the
FAQ at <http://wiki.list.org/x/tYA9> for more detail.

You should not add user 'apache' to the 'mailman' group. This could
potentially give public access to things which aren't public.

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

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