[Mailman-Users] [Mailman-Developers] Error while installing Mailman

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Thu Mar 5 17:19:54 CET 2015

On 03/05/2015 08:08 AM, Rakesh Verma wrote:
> i did the same but i am still getting the error, can i manually add the
> user to /etc/passwd???

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What happened when you did the useradd command?

There are two issues with the manual:

1) useradd -c''GNU Mailman'' -s /no/shell -d /no/home -g mailman mailman

should be either

useradd -c"GNU Mailman" -s /no/shell -d /no/home -g mailman mailman


useradd -c'GNU Mailman' -s /no/shell -d /no/home -g mailman mailman

2) you need to be root or use sudo

Also, if you don't actually know how to add a user to your system, you
may not have enough sysadmin experience to successfully install mailman.
The installation manual tries to be complete, but it assumes a certain
level of background knowledge.

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