[Mailman-Users] Digest not working on Mac 10.3.6 running mailman2.1.4

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Fri Jun 11 15:51:37 CEST 2010

Bob Bader wrote:

>I still have a Macintosh 10.3.9 server running the default mailman  (version 2.1.4) for mail lists.
>We have noticed digests have stopped working, I can send them manually, or if I set the trigger size to 0 they go. If I run the command  /usr/bin/python -S /usr/share/mailman/cron/senddigests   That also works.
>I suspect it has something to do with cron.
>I look in the file /usr/share/mailman/cron/crontab.in   and it all  looks good.
>Is there is setting for  mailman in the Mac's crontab?

No. crond normally looks at the system crontab /etc/crontab and all the
user crontabs in /var/spool/cron/* (or in Mac OS X 10.6 at least,
/usr/lib/cron/tabs/*). It doesn't look at
/usr/share/mailman/cron/crontab.in which is the input intended to be
installed in /usr/lib/cron/tabs/ by a command like

  crontab -u _mailman /usr/share/mailman/cron/crontab.in

(assuming the Mailman user is _mailman).  See 'man crontab' and 'man

Since Mailman's cron jobs used to run, I suspect the issue is that
crond is not running on your server. It's either that or Mailman's
crontab has gone missing. If

 crontab -u_mailman -l

shows Mailman's crontab, then crond is not running. How to fix that is
a Mac OS X question.

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