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 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.

  1. Download and unpack the 2.1.34+ tarball into a directory, or get it with
     bzr branch lp:mailman
  2. Download the patch.

  3. In the download directory, apply the patch with
     patch -p0 </path/to/mailman-FHS.patch
  4. Run ./configure. At a minimum, this will require the following options for the FHS layout:

    • --with-pid-dir=/var/run/mailman/
    • --with-config-dir=/etc/mailman/
    • --with-lock-dir=/var/lock/mailman/
    • --with-queue-dir=/var/spool/mailman/
    • --with-log-dir=/var/log/mailman/
    • --prefix=/usr/lib/mailman/
    • --with-var-prefix=/var/lib/mailman/
    and these for compatibility with the RHEL package:
    • --with-username=mailman
    • --with-groupname=mailman
    • --with-cgi-gid=apache
    • --with-mail-gid=nobody
    Note: the RHEL/CentOS rpm configures with the following options:
    • --libdir=/usr/lib
    • --prefix=/usr/lib/mailman
    • --with-var-prefix=/var/lib/mailman
    • --with-config-dir=/etc/mailman
    • --with-lock-dir=/var/lock/mailman
    • --with-log-dir=/var/log/mailman
    • --with-pid-dir=/var/run/mailman
    • --with-queue-dir=/var/spool/mailman
    • --with-template-dir=/etc/mailman/templates
    • --with-python=/usr/bin/python2
    • --with-mail-gid="mail postfix mailman nobody daemon"
    • --with-cgi-id=apache
    • --with-cgi-gid=apache
    • --with-mailhost=localhost.localdomain
    • --with-urlhost=localhost.localdomain
    • --without-permcheck
    however, there are issues with some of these:
    1. --with-template-dir and --with-cgi-id are unrecognized without other RedHat patches.

    2. --with-mail-gid requires another RedHat patch to accept more than a single value, so set it appropriately for your MTA.

    3. 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.

MailmanWiki: DOC/How do I upgrade a RHEL/CentOS Mailman package from source. (last edited 2020-09-18 16:44:23 by msapiro)