How do I upgrade a RHEL/CentOS Mailman package from source.
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Another article discusses RedHat's changes to Mailman to make it conformant with FHS. It includes information about where various files have been relocated to and links to a Mailman-Developers@python.org post that discusses the motivations for this and contains a patch to implement the changes. Unfortunately, the patch is against a very old base, and detailed instructions are lacking. This article is an attempt to remedy that.
The RHEL patch, updated for MM 2.1.34+ is here.
To actually do the upgrade, several steps are required.
- Download and unpack the 2.1.34+ tarball into a directory, or get it with
bzr branch lp:mailman
Download the patch.
- In the download directory, apply the patch with
patch -p0 </path/to/mailman-FHS.patch
Run ./configure. At a minimum, this will require the following options for the FHS layout:
- --with-mail-gid="mail postfix mailman nobody daemon"
--with-template-dir and --with-cgi-id are unrecognized without other RedHat patches.
--with-mail-gid requires another RedHat patch to accept more than a single value, so set it appropriately for your MTA.
- I don't recommend --without-permcheck.
The above steps should configure Mailman so that make and sudo make install will install everything in the RHEL FHS locations. Be sure to run check_perms after installing to catch any permission issues.