[Mailman-Users] Server config problems

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Mon Oct 13 22:17:39 CEST 2014

On 10/12/2014 05:31 PM, Tracey McCartney wrote:
> Delivery to LISTNAME-owner does NOT appear to work.
> Notifications that go to the admin, such as subscribes and unsubscribes,
> work fine.
> Notifications that go to users, such as notifications that their message is
> held up in moderation, work fine.
> General traffic works fine.
> Notifications to the moderator that someone has asked to subscribe (our
> lists are set up for approval only) do not work.
> Notifications to the moderator that something is held up in moderation do
> not work.

All of the above symptoms are explained by the fact that mail to
LISTNAME-owner doesn't work. For various historical reasons,
notifications of changes in list membership (successful (un)subscribes)
are sent directly to the address(es) in the list's owner and moderator
attributes while notifications of held messages and subscriptions and
daily moderator summaries sent by cron are all sent to the
LISTNAME-owner address and normally received by Mailman and resent to
the owner/moderator address(es).

You (or someone) needs to examine the logs of the MTA (Exim or whatever
it is) to find out what the issue is.

If the MTA is Exim, the command

sudo exim -bt LISTNAME-owner at DOMAIN

will give some relevant information.

Note, if mail to the LISTNAME-owner address doesn't bounce, it is
probably being delivered somewhere, just not to Mailman.

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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