[Mailman-Users] moving mailman lists to new server, same domain name

Andrew Watson andrew.b.watson at nasa.gov
Sun Jan 3 00:06:22 CET 2010

Thanks for the help. It is much appreciated.

I moved the files as planned, and all is well except that some owner and group specifications differ on old and new servers.

1)  on the old server, all files in /usr/local/mailman/lists and /user/local/mailman/archives have group mailman, but group wheel on the new server.

2) on the old server, all archives/public files are owned by www, but on the new server by root.

3) on the old server, all .mbox files in archives/private are owned by www, but on the new server by root.

4) on the old server, all files in lists are owned by www, but on the new server by root.

Should I correct all owner and group states to match the old server?
From previous posts, I gather that owner is not important but that group MUST be "mailman".

Thanks again,

On Jan 1, 2010, at 4:40 PM, Mark Sapiro wrote:

> Andrew Watson wrote:
>> I am moving a number of lists to a new server.
>> Eventually the new server will have the same domain name as the old, so I don't think I need to change urls.
> OK.
>> I have read the FAQs, and lots of emails on this list, and I think I know what to do, but would like to be sure I am not missing something.
>> I have installed mailman 2.10 on the new server, and now plan to move the lists and archives.
>> /.migrate contains copies of files from the old server on the new server.
>> The commands I plan (on the new server) are as follows:
>> cp -npvR /.migrate/usr/local/mailman/archives/ /usr/local/mailman/archives
>> cp -npvR /.migrate/usr/local/mailman/lists/ /usr/local/mailman/lists
>> Sound right?
>> Is there anything else I need to do?
> I'm not sure what flavor of cp you're using, but particularly when
> copying the archives, you need to specify whatever will copy symlinks
> as symlinks and not copy their targets (often -d).
> Otherwise, it seems OK.
>> Also, does it matter what I selected during installation for the mailman administrators email? (I accepted default: root at mydomain.com )      
> I don't know what this does. Presumably you are installing a package
> and this is meaningful to the package. Perhaps it sets the owner of
> the 'mailman'; site list.
> The site list owner definitely needs to be a deliverable address that
> someone reads. Also, mail to the site list itself from non-members
> should be accepted and read by someone.
> -- 
> Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net>        The highway is for gamblers,
> San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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