[Mailman-Users] Exim "Virtual Domains" and Mailman

Olivier Parisy olivier.parisy at gmail.com
Tue Feb 2 22:22:04 CET 2010


I have been using a Debian-based mailman installation for some time now, 
administering a few lists, all hosted on xxx.tld. Everything worked fine.

I recently modified the underlying Exim 4 configuration to support 
"virtual domains", namely xxx.tld, yyy.tld and zzz.tld. I used a typical 
setup for this purpose (see 
http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/140 for an example).

On this occasion, I added a generic "*" rule to each domain. As an 
example, here is the content of a virtual domain file 
webmaster : webmaster at localhost
* : postmaster at localhost

Once this modification was performed (and tested; things work fine on 
the Exim side), my xxx.tld - based mailing lists stopped working. More 
specifically, all messages sent to the lists are delivered to 
postmaster at xxx.tld. Here is the (abridged) header of such a message:

Return-path:<olivier.parisy at gmail.com>
Envelope-to: mylist at xxx.tld
Received: from smtp21.services.sfr.fr ([])
	by www.xxx.tld with esmtp (Exim 4.69)
	(envelope-from<olivier.parisy at gmail.com>)
	id 1NcPza-0006w5-Og
	for mylist at xxx.tld; Tue, 02 Feb 2010 22:09:02 +0100
Received: from filter.sfr.fr (localhost [])
	by msfrf2107.sfr.fr (SMTP Server) with ESMTP id D4DD8700009A
	for<mylist at xxx.tld>; Tue,  2 Feb 2010 22:08:56 +0100 (CET)
Received: from [] (160.135.100-84.rev.gaoland.net [])
	by msfrf2107.sfr.fr (SMTP Server) with ESMTP id 9FCF6700008B
	for<mylist at xxx.tld>; Tue,  2 Feb 2010 22:08:56 +0100 (CET)
From: Olivier Parisy<olivier.parisy at gmail.com>
To: mylist at xxx.tld

Clearly, the "*" rule is taking precedence on mailman delivery, which do not even seem to get the message.

The only workaround I found is to add lines such as "mylist : mylist" to the /etc/exim4/virtual/xxx.tld file (one by mailing list). This is inconvenient to say the least.

Is there any way to keep an "*" rule without breaking mailan distribution? I understand this is as much an Exim 4 as a mailman question...

Olivier Parisy.

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