Steve Matzura | 3 Jul 11:59 2015

Learning to use withlist

What's the best section of the standard documentation or the wiki to
consult in order to learn how to correctly use withlist?
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Steve Matzura | 2 Jul 16:56 2015

Unable to access Mailman Web interface

If I browse to http://{}/mailman/admin, I get the

Bug in Mailman version 2.1.18-1

Bug in Mailman version 2.1.18-1
We're sorry, we hit a bug!

Please inform the webmaster for this site of this problem. Printing of
traceback and other system information has been explicitly inhibited,
but the webmaster
can find this information in the Mailman error logs. 

If that's supposed to be /var/log/mailman/error, the only thing in
there is what I posted in my previous message. Maybe the two are
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Steve Matzura | 2 Jul 16:56 2015

Permissions error

I have a new Mailman implementation connected to Postfix which is in
turn connected to Dovecot. These two components are working correctly,
as I have mailboxes set up with them and have created a test Mailman
mailing list and received confirmation that it has in fact been
created. Now I'm attempting to subscribe a test user in the normal
way, by sending an email to {list-name}-subscribe <at> I have
not received a subscription confirmation, but the following
information from /var/log/mailman/error shows a problem:

Jul 02 14:15:01 2015 gate_news(18693): Traceback (most recent call
Jul 02 14:15:01 2015 gate_news(18693):   File
"/usr/lib/mailman/cron/gate_news", line 293, in <module>
Jul 02 14:15:01 2015 gate_news(18693):      main()
Jul 02 14:15:01 2015 gate_news(18693):   File
"/usr/lib/mailman/cron/gate_news", line 268, in main
Jul 02 14:15:01 2015 gate_news(18693):      lock.lock(timeout=0.5)
Jul 02 14:15:01 2015 gate_news(18693):   File
"/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/", line 243, in lock
Jul 02 14:15:01 2015 gate_news(18693):      self.__write()
Jul 02 14:15:01 2015 gate_news(18693):   File
"/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/", line 422, in __write
Jul 02 14:15:01 2015 gate_news(18693):      fp = open(self.__tmpfname,
Jul 02 14:15:01 2015 gate_news(18693): IOError :  [Errno 13]
Permission denied:
Here are the directory permissions:

drwxrwsr-x 2 root mailman 80 Jul  2 13:57 mailman
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Jan Steinman | 1 Jul 22:17 2015

Cannot remove a person! Help!

I run a half-dozen lists using Mailman 2.1.14 as supplied by Mac OS X Server 10.6.8 (please don't shoot me for
using that evil hacked version that came with my system!)

My not-soon-enough-to-be-ex spouse is getting bounce notices at the end of the month, when the monthly
reminder goes out.

Going through the Mailman web admin, I can't see anywhere that her address (or any addresses likely to be
forwarded to her) is being used.

What else can I do to purge her email from Mailman? We have a tentative settlement, and she's itching for
reasons to fight, and getting unwanted email might be enough to nix the whole deal...

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Ron Webb | 30 Jun 21:56 2015


I am looking to set-up a mailing list for a group of people but was hoping
there is a way to have sub-lists. For example, I'd like to have one group
be everyone, then another group that is regional. I was thinking of "
group-all <at>" for messages covering everyone but they could send
a message to "group-sacramento <at>" to and it will only go to
those that are interested in "Sacramento" specific messages. I would like
to make subscribers opt-in or opt-out of the regional. At this point, I
have not selected a hosting service yet. I wish to bring my own domain to
wherever I choose. I'm not sure if someone that just advertises that they
use Mailman is sufficient or if I need to find a hosting company that
provides shell access for setup is what I need. I'm sure there is some Wiki
or something if this sub-lists works but I must be using the wrong search
term for what I want.

Another thing that is important for me is I do NOT want to archive or cache
messages, at least for not much more than a day. For me, I work for a large
corporation. While it is a large corporation, those of us wishing this list
are like bastard step-children. We work with others from the same
corporation but we operate under completely different rules and a different
hierarchy. We seldom see each other because there is usually only one of us
working in an area at a time and we are spread out geographically. We are
represented by the same union that the majority of the employees of the
corporation are represented by, but since we do not have a common work
area, we have no way of having "water-cooler talk". As it is "water-cooler
talk", we do not wish it to be officially a part of the union nor the
corporation. If there is any concern about something said, as the
facilitator of communications, I wish to just say I do not save
communications. If a group member wishes to save something, that is up to
them, as is the case with how we are doing email now.

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Yiannis Pericleous | 30 Jun 11:28 2015

HTML footers in multipart emails


I have a multipart (html and text) email and I wish to add an unsubscribe footer to it. However mailman
appends the footer as a new section that is plain text. Is there a way of making the footer section
text/html. If not, any other way to include the unsubscribe link in the html part of the email?


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Selva Gaja | 30 Jun 16:11 2015

Unable to execute command


I am having permission problem in executing mailman command with group user.

Please give the solution and help me.

*Command working with root user:*
   sudo -u *root* -S /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/bin/list_lists
   I can able to get the mailman mailing lists when i use the *root* user
in terminal.

Similarly, I am trying with another user *devuser*
   sudo -u *divhdpug* -S /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/bin/list_lists

Following error occurred when I execute above command with *devuser.*

sudo: unable to execute /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/bin/list_lists:
Permission denied


Thanks and Regards,
Selva Gajendran.S
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Larry Rosenman | 30 Jun 00:16 2015

DNS Rdatatype?

I'm all of a sudden getting:
Jun 29 18:08:20 2015 (8150) SHUNTING: 
Jun 29 18:08:20 2015 (8150) Uncaught runner exception: 'module' object 
has no attribute 'rdatatype'
Jun 29 18:08:20 2015 (8150) Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/Queue/", line 119, in _oneloop
     self._onefile(msg, msgdata)
   File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/Queue/", line 190, in _onefile
     keepqueued = self._dispose(mlist, msg, msgdata)
   File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/Queue/", line 130, in 
     more = self._dopipeline(mlist, msg, msgdata, pipeline)
   File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/Queue/", line 153, in 
     sys.modules[modname].process(mlist, msg, msgdata)
   File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/Handlers/", line 104, in 
     if Utils.IsDMARCProhibited(mlist, addr):
   File "/usr/lib/mailman/Mailman/", line 1156, in 
     txt_recs = resolver.query(dmarc_domain, dns.rdatatype.TXT)
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'rdatatype'

on a reinstall after a CentOS Upgrade.

I've installed the latest dnspython (1.12.0), and not sure where else to 

python 2.4.3
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Peter Draksler | 27 Jun 02:35 2015

Migration missing held messages


I've been tasked with migrating an old Mailman 2.0.8 install on an old 
Solaris 8 server to RHEL running Mailman 2.1.12.

Everything was going quite smoothly and thought I was almost ready to 
proceed with the migration in production but held messages are missing 
in migrated lists.

I did find the held messages are in /var/lib/mailman/data and migrated 
them but the admin GUI shows there are No Pending Requests.

Doing a dumpdb on the migrated request.db file lists all the held 
messages but they're not in the request.pck file.

The config.db file was converted to config.pck without any issues.  Is 
there something I missed?

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Jeffrey Westgate | 25 Jun 17:17 2015

Forced Migration nightmare

Our guru kicked off his mortal coil and left me with a bunch of old linux servers.  Not normally a problem....
normally, as I'm fairly adept and learn quickly.

Our list server crashed, unrecoverably.  I'm trying to resurrect it - from rhel5 to rhel7, on a new VM. Using
Mailman version: 2.1.9

We've recovered everything from our backup, but I'm danged if I can figure out why it isn't sending mail

I am to the point of building another (third) VM, and scratch loading.

Is there a concise 'migration' guide that a novice (to mailman) could make sense out of to get our list server
back online?

Jeff Westgate
State of Arkansas DIS
UNIX System Administration

PS - if any of you knew Stephen L Johnson of Little Rock, AR, take a moment to remember him. List manager(s)- if
he was a member, he is no longer....
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Al's mail | 23 Jun 07:55 2015

stopped sending mail

Hi everyone,

I’m having problems with my mailman installation.  Its running on a FreeBSD 10.1 and mailman version is 2.1.20.

I’ve been tracking an intermittent delivery problem with digests, the reports were of “missing
digests”.  I couldn’t see anything other than the usual non-delivery reasons — busy hotmail and
yahoo servers.  All good.  After getting reports about no mail I checked today;  mail is going in its just not
getting out.

A couple of directories had the ownership changed to web, so I restored those.  

I checked mailman error log, and the last entry is:

Jun 12 06:30:44 2015 (35925) admindb: No such list “lls)":

So I ran check_db with these results: Nothing to do.

Ran check_perms with the following results:

Warning: Private archive directory is other-executable (o+x).
         This could allow other users on your system to read private archives.
         If you're on a shared multiuser system, you should consult the
         installation manual on how to fix this.
No problems found

The archive warning isn’t a problem, because none of the lists are archived.

I’ve also done a mailmanctl stop -s and restart.  Top and ps shows its running.

Looking at the smtp-failure logs, I’m seeing these kinds of errors:
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