[Mailman-Users] Virtual Mailman broke!

Jan Steinman Jan at Bytesmiths.com
Thu May 15 01:26:12 CEST 2014

I'm using the Mailman and postfix that came bundled with MacOS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) on a Mac Mini Server.

I have problems adding new lists using the web interface. It's been a problem forever, but I've forgotten the magic fixes to magic files that I've done in the past to correct it.

I have a number of small non-profits that I host websites for, and each has one or more Mailman lists. I run my own DNS and MTA using the domain "bytesmiths.com". All these virtual domain lists were working, until I added a new list to one of them. It failed to accept the new mailman list address after adding the new list through the Mailman web interface.

So then I started poking around, and noticed the new list did not appear like other functioning lists in /var/mailman/data files. I carefully added the new list by editing "aliases" and "virtual-mailman" files that warned ominously "do not edit!" and ran newaliases(1). I verified that the .db files are newer than the edited text files.

Well, now NONE of my virtual domains work any more. They fail by redirecting to the base domain. For example, mail to new list "glarp at VirtualDomain.org" -- previously working -- fails with a bounce that "glarp at bytesmiths.com" doesn't exist.

Rather than deluge you with config files and error logs, I thought I'd post the symptoms first, to see if anyone could point me in the right direction, or could request specific config/log info.

My gratis "customers" are being very understanding, given the vast amounts they are paying me, but needless to say, I'd like to get them back up ASAP!

Does anyone know what's going on, and how to fix it? What additional information can I provide?

Thanks in advance for any advice offered!

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