[Mailman-Users] Virtual Mailman broke!

Jan Steinman Jan at EcoReality.org
Thu May 15 10:01:26 CEST 2014

> From: Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net>
> On 05/14/2014 04:26 PM, Jan Steinman wrote:
>> I'm using the Mailman and postfix that came bundled with MacOS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) on a Mac Mini Server.
> See the FAQ at <http://wiki.list.org/x/OIDD>. Yes, I know you probably
> can't get help from Apple, but Apple's Mailman is known to be patched in
> ways we have little or no knowledge of, and this affects the help we can
> give you.

>> 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.

Thanks for your patient questions, Mark.

When I said I'd been there before, I realized I should search the mailman-users list archive, and there it was!

I used the mailman web form to create the new list, and the initial symptom is that email to that new address bounces with "address unknown" error.

After manually adding the new list to /var/mailman/data "aliases" and "virtual-mailman" to look like the other functioning lists, I ran "postmap virtual-mailman" and "newaliases".

When I went searching through archives for virtual mailman problems and my name, I found a posting that said I needed to run "postalias aliases" in that directory. I did so, and now all is well.

Yes, Apple's implementation appears to be badly broken.

I'm saving this email as text in the /var/mailman/data directory and the /etc/postfix directories, to save myself some pain the next time it happens... :-)

:::: Jan Steinman, EcoReality Co-op ::::

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