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I've installed Mailman 2.1.3 (over a 2.1.2 install) on debian linux. It
was working ok (as 2.1.2) earlier this week, but now the web interface
seems broken. (I thought an upgrade would fix it, but it didn't.) The
main lists page comes up ok ( http://lists.cgi101.com/mailman/listinfo/
), however clicking on any of the individual lists (e.g,
http://lists.cgi101.com/mailman/listinfo/announcements ) results in a
"Forbidden - you don't have permission to access
/mailman/listinfo/announcements on this server". I'm stumped; it'd seem
like if there were a permissions problem it'd kill the main listinfo
page too, but it only seems to affect the subpages.

I built Mailman from scratch, specified the appropriate web user for
this site, ran check_perms -f, and now check_perms says "no problems
found".

The only info in the apache log is:
[Sat Dec 6 21:18:22 2003] [error] [client 65.66.218.210] access to
/mailman/listinfo/announcements failed

There is no error message in the syslog.

Currently I'm using apache 1.3.29 with a lot of other drek compiled in
(including suexec, although this particular domain/directory is not set
up to run as any other user but the web user, so I wouldn't expect
suexec to be an issue here). The web config directives are:

<VirtualHost lists.cgi101.com:80>
DocumentRoot /home/mailman/public_html/
<Directory "/home/mailman/cgi-bin">
Options ExecCGI
AllowOverride None
Allow from from all
Order allow,deny
</Directory>
ScriptAlias /mailman/ /home/mailman/cgi-bin/
Alias /pipermail/ /home/mailman/archives/public/
UserDir disable
</VirtualHost>

Anyone have any ideas as to why it's refusing to cooperate?

Thanks,...

--
Jackie Hamilton (kira at lightsphere.com)
http://lightsphere.com

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  • Jackie Hamilton at Dec 7, 2003 at 7:18 am
    I ended up building a no-frills version of apache specifically to run
    mailman. That solved the permissions problem. My guess is there
    probably is some suexec problem happening with the other server. Though
    after trying numerous different combinations of mailman user and cgi
    file permissions I never was able to get it to work (although, I'm
    still at a loss as to why the main listinfo cgi would work but not any
    subsequent scripts). I guess mailman and suexec just don't play well
    together.

    I'd be keen to try additional solutions to the problem if anyone has
    suggestions.

    --
    Jackie Hamilton (kira at lightsphere.com)
    http://lightsphere.com

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