[Mailman-Users] Apache startup warning/error: mailman DocumentRoot?

Steff Watkins s.watkins at nhm.ac.uk
Wed Jun 2 13:46:22 CEST 2010

-----Original Message-----
> Anyway, here's the warning/error:

> Warning: DocumentRoot [/var/www/localhost/htdocs/mailman] does not
> apache2: Could not reliably determine the servers fully qualified
> name, using ###.###.###.### for ServerName

> I *do* have this path explicitly set in the 
> /etc/apache2/vhosts.d/lists.example.com config file, 

> Everything works fine... I can go to lists.example.com and manage my
> lists, and all links in the list messages are of the form
> "...lists.example.com/..." and they all work for managing bounces,

It looks like apache is carping about not being able to find the mailman
docroot for localhost (IP addr:, usually!)

You then have the path set for the configuration of the IP host
lists.example.com in its own config file.

If you set DocumentRoot correctly in the config file for the localhost
webserver instance, it should do away with the annoying error message.

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