NOTE: This is the most common and frequent question asked on the Mailman support lists.
See also the Mailman FAQ entry at <Failure to exec script. WANTED gid 31, GOT gid -1. (Reconfigure to take -1?)>.
Have you ever gotten the following error message?
The original message was received at Tue, 6 Nov 2001 16:27:56 -0500 from IDENT:smmsp@localhost [127.0.0.1]
----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors ----- "|/home/mailman/mail/mailman_wrapper post test" (reason: 2) (expanded from: <firstname.lastname@example.org>) ----- Transcript of session follows ----- Message delivered to mailing list <email@example.com>; Failure to exec script. WANTED gid 0, GOT gid 12. (Reconfigure to take 12?) 554 5.3.0 unknown mailer error 2
Normally you will need to reconfigure the software. You can do this by issuing the following commands in the Source Code directory.
# make clean # echo "NOTE: The following values for the GID's are example values. The ones needed by your system will likely be different. Check your MTA, web server configuration, and logged error messages for details and the correct values. # configure --with-cgi-gid=233 --with-mail-gid=12 # make install
Sometimes this still does not solve the problem. In these cases, you need to check the following for the source of the problem:
For those people using Sendmail as their MTA under Mailman :
[root@ns mail]# ls -l total 32 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 26 Nov 7 09:37 mailman_wrapper -> /home/mailman/mail/wrapper* -rwxr-sr-x 1 root mailman 31000 Nov 7 09:39 wrapper* [root@ns mail]#
Note that in Mailman 2.1.x the wrapper program is called 'mailman' while in 2.0.x it was called 'wrapper'.
eg - on a redhat system
[root@server smrsh]# ls -al lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 31 Jul 15 15:07 mailman -> /usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman
For those unfamiliar with unix - the command to make a link is
ln -s <filename> in the directory you want to make a link from.
on the redhat system above, this will look like this.
ln -s /usr/local/mailman/mail/mailman
If you installed from RPMs or some other form of binary package, you either need to get different packages which are configured correctly, or you need to install the correctly configured code from source.
Go to your source for your binary packages to see if they can help you with this problem.
Last changed on Wed Mar 23 21:37:25 2005 by Devon Smith
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