[Mailman-Users] alias not updating

Geoff Shang geoff at QuiteLikely.com
Wed Feb 3 17:00:30 CET 2010

On Tue, 2 Feb 2010, Dan Brita wrote:

> I have a new installation of Mailman 2.1.12 running on Ubuntu with 
> Postfix. When I create a list, it does not update my /etc/aliases file. 
> It does update the /var/lib/mailman/data/aliases file.

This is expected behaviour.

> This causes 
> Postfix to reject any email sent to the list. What have I done wrong in 
> configuring this server?

You haven't told Postfix about /var/lib/mailman/data/aliases.  Do this 
like so?

alias_maps = hash:/etc/aliases,

and you'll probably want

virtual_alias_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/virtual,

It looks like you've done much of the rest that you need to do, as the 
alias file is in fact being updated.

In my personal experience, you may find yourself missing important steps 
when installing Mailman from packages.  It wasn't until I needed to 
install from sources that I actually read the installation instructions 
from cover to cover, and realised I'd missed a few crucial (or at least 
advisable) steps.  So you might want to read 


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