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mailman hasn't been working right since Monday morning. I thought it
might be a sendmail problem because it stopped working after I started
trying to alter sendmail.mc, but I just found a backup of /etc/mail from
Sunday night when mailman was working and restored it, it mailman still
doesn't work. I issue the command /var/mailman/bin/newlist to create a
new mailing list and then go through the prompts. It gives me the
additions to /etc/aliases file and then to run newaliases. It then says
that it's notifying the list owner (which I specify as
michael at espersunited.com) I never get the email though. Should the
creation of the newlist show up in the /var/mailman/logs directory,
because /var/mailman/logs remains empty. Are there any other log
locations I should check? Please help!

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  • Brad Knowles at Jun 29, 2004 at 4:20 pm

    At 11:08 AM -0500 2004-06-29, Michael Sullivan wrote:

    Should the
    creation of the newlist show up in the /var/mailman/logs directory,
    because /var/mailman/logs remains empty. Are there any other log
    locations I should check? Please help!
    Do you have a /usr/local/mailman/logs directory? If so, then
    stuff might also show up there. The directory /var/mailman/logs is
    non-standard, so there's no telling what should be writing what logs
    to that directory.

    Looking through my own logs on a Mailman server that I manage, I
    don't see anything that records any evidence of a new list being
    created. Subscriptions are logged, including the method used to
    subscribe them. But that's the earliest part of the process that I
    see in our set of log files.

    --
    Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles at skynet.be>

    "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
    -Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania.

    SAGE member since 1995. See <http://www.sage.org/> for more info.
  • Michael Sullivan at Jun 29, 2004 at 4:58 pm
    I found a log called /var/logs/mailman/smtp-failures that listed a
    series of User Unknown errors for the list I tried to create this
    morning. My mailman documentation includes a file called INSTALL.REDHAT
    which has a troubleshooting section. The user unknown problem is listed
    there. It says that the reason this error shows up is because the
    mailing list aliases have not been added to /etc/alases. I ran
    /var/mailman/bin/rmlist on all my lists (including mailman) while
    leaving their definitions in /etc/aliases. I then ran newlist for a
    list called mailman and went back to the smtp-failures log. It showed
    the error:

    Jun 26 22:03:03 2004 (4416) SMTP session failure: 553, 5.3.0
    <mailman-bounces at espersunited.com>... User Unknown, msgid:
    <mailman.1.1088305382.4419.mailman at espersunited.com>

    The time stamp was consistent with the time I created the list. What
    can I do about this? The mailman definitions were still in
    /etc/aliases.

    On Tue, 2004-06-29 at 11:08, Michael Sullivan wrote:
    mailman hasn't been working right since Monday morning. I thought it
    might be a sendmail problem because it stopped working after I started
    trying to alter sendmail.mc, but I just found a backup of /etc/mail from
    Sunday night when mailman was working and restored it, it mailman still
    doesn't work. I issue the command /var/mailman/bin/newlist to create a
    new mailing list and then go through the prompts. It gives me the
    additions to /etc/aliases file and then to run newaliases. It then says
    that it's notifying the list owner (which I specify as
    michael at espersunited.com) I never get the email though. Should the
    creation of the newlist show up in the /var/mailman/logs directory,
    because /var/mailman/logs remains empty. Are there any other log
    locations I should check? Please help!
  • Brad Knowles at Jun 29, 2004 at 5:20 pm

    At 11:58 AM -0500 2004-06-29, Michael Sullivan wrote:

    The time stamp was consistent with the time I created the list. What
    can I do about this? The mailman definitions were still in
    /etc/aliases.
    There are two parts to the aliases -- the source text file which
    humans can read (usually something like /etc/aliases), and the binary
    database file which is actually used by the computer (sometimes there
    are two binary database files). These binary database files are
    usually something like /etc/aliases.db, /etc/aliases.pag, etc....

    Have you run the command "newaliases" to regenerate the binary
    database files?


    Please note that these are general problems with your mail
    server, and not specific to Mailman. You'd be more likely to get
    more and better help from a mailing list that is specifically
    oriented towards your mail server software, or your OS.

    --
    Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles at skynet.be>

    "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
    -Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania.

    SAGE member since 1995. See <http://www.sage.org/> for more info.

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