[Mailman-Users] unclaimed action of mailman

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Mon Mar 8 15:57:13 CET 2010

Masaharu Kawada wrote:
>I have a question about what mailman does when the following
>log appears into /var/log/maillog.
>Feb 15 12:00:04 xxx postfix/pickup[6279]: 244811C805C: uid=41 from=<mailman>
>Feb 15 12:00:04 xxx postfix/cleanup[21529]: 244811C805C:
>message-id=<20100215030004.244811C805C at example.com>
>Feb 15 12:00:04 xxx postfix/qmgr[20068]: 244811C805C:
>from=<mailman at example.com>, size=1728, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
>Feb 15 12:00:04 xxx postfix/local[21232]: 244811C805C:
>to=<mailman at example.com>, orig_to=<mailman>, relay=local, delay=0.17,
>delays=0.05/0/0/0.12, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (delivered to command:
>/usr/lib/mailman/mail/mailman post mailman)

A post is delivered to the list named 'mailman'.

>At the moment the above messages logged, nothing is operated
>(no mail send to mailman at example.com from mailman at example.com manually),
>however, this message happens at the almost same time every noon
>as follows.
>Feb 15 12:00:04 2010 (2129) Mailman post from root at rexample.com held,
>message-id=<20100215030004.244811C805C at example.com>: Post by non-member
>to a members-only list

And that post is held because it is from a non-list-member and the list
is configured to hold non-member posts.

Go to the admindb interface for the 'mailman' list and see what the
posts are.

They are undoubtedly notifications of a cron error from
cron/senddigests caused be the same issue as as discussed in the
thread at

If no one knows the admin or moderator password to log in to the
'mailman' admindb interface, see the FAQ at

Note that the 'mailman' list should be configured to accept non-member
posts for this and other reasons, or at least, the mailman crontab
should have a MAILTO= directive to direct error output to a person.

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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