problem with mailman

Scott Berry sberry at
Thu Feb 28 02:45:38 UTC 2008

Scott Berry
Email: sberry at 
-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:ubuntu-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of Adam McGreggor
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 8:07 PM
To: Ubuntu user technical support,not for general discussions
Subject: Re: problem with mailman

On Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 07:11:09PM -0600, Scott Berry wrote:
> Hello there,
> I have Mailman set up with Exim and followed the instructions in the
> documentation.  Everything seems to work except for two things:
> 1.  When I send the confirmation message back once Mailman has sent me the
> confirmation to join the list I do not get a response.

Firstly, is the Mailman runner running, and I take it you've read the
docs telling you you need to create the site-list, usually, 'Mailman'.

   exim -bt listname at ?

Yes Adam I have read the docs telling me to create the site list.  I did so.

You may have welcome messages switched off, too.

I just checked that they are on.

> 2.  I cannot send any messages and I don't see my messages returning.

Are you a member of the list?

Yes I am a member of the list.

> 3.  I looked in the /etc/aliases and it looks like my list I just added
> not added to the aliases file.  Here are what I have for a few of my
> Any help would be appreciated and thanks in advance.

Depends on the config as to if you need to have (etc-)aliases(5)
entries, but the "Mailman ... Configuration For Exim" (and the
'mmailman_transport Starts Here' & 'Mailman Router Begins Here' 
lines should be commented out. 

Is Mailman running as mailman:mailman, or list:list?

I am not really sure how to check that one out.  I am assuming it's running
as mailman but not totally sure.  How do you find out?

I dunno if the Pkg-Exim4 config messes around too much with the
Mailman/Exim interaction: I don't bother with what, to me, is a 
travesty of packaging, and use a hand-crafted exim4.conf, 
and sometimes, a self-compiled version of exim...

Yeah I am using the packaging.  I haven't tried yet to build Exim on it's
own as I am just getting started with it.  I haven't played with the MTA's
too much on any Linux distro.

Scott Berry
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