[Mailman-Users] bin/genaliases not generating aliases?

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Thu Dec 15 20:04:15 EST 2016

On 12/15/2016 04:36 PM, Caesar Samsi wrote:
> I ran genalias with sudo:
> *caesar at mail* */usr/local/mailman $* sudo bin/genaliases
> To finish creating your mailing list, you must edit your /etc/aliases (or
> equivalent) file by adding the following lines, and possibly running the
> `newaliases' program:
> ## mailman mailing list
> mailman:              "|/usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman post mailman"
> mailman-admin:        "|/usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman admin mailman"
> mailman-bounces:      "|/usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman bounces mailman"
> mailman-confirm:      "|/usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman confirm mailman"
> mailman-join:         "|/usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman join mailman"
> mailman-leave:        "|/usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman leave mailman"
> mailman-owner:        "|/usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman owner mailman"
> mailman-request:      "|/usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman request mailman"
> mailman-subscribe:    "|/usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman subscribe mailman"
> mailman-unsubscribe:  "|/usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman unsubscribe mailman”

And this output says there is no


in the mm_cfg.py that bin/genaliases is reading.

You probably have two different Mailman installations. One from the
Ubuntu package you initially installed and one from the 'scratch'
install you're trying to do now.

You are editing the mm_cfg.py from the Ubuntu package, not the one from
the source install.

It is unclear to me what you have done. In another thread, you say you
configured with --prefix=/var/lib/mailman, but you are now looking at
stuff in /usr/local/mailman.

You need to figure out what you are installing where and remove all
other residual Mailman stuff. In particular, nothing in /var/lib/mailman
or /usr/lib/mailman is relevant to this install which looks like it was
done with a straight './configure', not with

./configure --prefix=/var/lib/mailman --with-username=list
--with-groupname=list ...

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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