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majordomo problems and solutions 7 May 2000
This article will be appended to from time to time as I encounter new and
wonderful problems with majordomo. Actually, to be fair, majordomo
works well for me. It's only when I start changing things, like directory
permissions that I get into trouble.
Note, when you see
MAJORDOMO ABORT (mj_digest)!!
|If you find this message:
Date sent: Sun, 7 May 2000 12:24:33 +1200 (NZST) To: Majordomo-Owner@example.org From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MAJORDOMO ABORT (mj_digest) Send reply to: email@example.com -- MAJORDOMO ABORT (mj_digest)!! open(MSG, ">/usr/local/majordomo/lists/freebsddiary.org/digests/ freshports-digest/001"): Permission denied
...then I have the solution for you.
The directory in question (freshports-digests) needs execute permission. So make sure that directory is chmod u+x.
directory permissions must be correct 20 May 2000
|Today I found that the FreeBSD Diary Announce
mailing list was not working. In fact, the last message didn't even make it out
to the list members. And no error message bounced back to me. After much
searching and comparisons to working mailing lists, I found the error to be directory
The breakthough occurred when I tried to verify one of the mailing list address:
# sendmail -bv freebsddiary-announce-freebsddiary-org-outgoing :include: /usr/local/majordomo/lists/freebsddiary.org/freebsddiary-announce ... Cannot open /usr/local/majordomo/lists/freebsddiary.org/freebsddiary-announce: Permission denied
OK. That's pretty clear. Then I compared the directory permissions on the freebsddiary.org directory with the freshports.org directory:
drwxr--r-- 4 majordom majordom 1024 May 20 15:10 freebsddiary.org drwxr-xr-x 5 majordom majordom 512 May 20 14:43 freshports.org
As you can see, freshports.org had +x on group and other. And I'm pretty sure sendmail came under other. So I did this:
chmod g+x freebsddiary.org
I tried again. Same error. OK. One more chmod:
chmod o+x freebsddiary.org
This time, the "sendmail -bv" took a long time to complete (I assume it was resolving all the email addresses on the mailing list) but it did succeed.
list owner not found 12 May 2003
I was moving some lists from one box to another and actually changing domains. In fact, I was
moving the announcement list for this website from freebsddiary.org
to lists.freebsddiary.org. The goal was simplification of background administration tasks.
I struggled with this error for about an hour (note that I have changed the domain name to
I looked everywere in my aliases and virtualuser files for the problem. I found nothing. Then I decided to manually issue the command which Postfix was running:
So I did this from the command line:
The lesson: when it's not doing what you want, do it yourself. And find the error.
MAJORDOMO WARNING (mj_majordomo) 4 November 2005
I started getting floods emails like this:
To: Majordomo-Owner@lists.example.org From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MAJORDOMO WARNING (mj_majordomo) Reply-To: email@example.com Message-Id: <20051104183428.A206F5C8E@nezlok.example.org> Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 10:34:28 -0800 (PST) X-Virus-Scanned: by amavisd-new at example.org X-Virus-Scanned: by amavisd-new at example.org X-PM-PLACEHOLDER: . -- MAJORDOMO WARNING (mj_majordomo)!! open of temp file '/usr/local/majordomo/lists/lists.example.org/shlock.93069' failed: Permission denied
In all, I got about 1160 of these messages within an 8 hour period. That's about 5 every two minutes. It was not pleasant. I also noticed that the Majordomo perl script was running:
I wrote a script to remove the queued up entries. This assumes you are using postfix:
It took me quite a while to find the cause of the problem. I did the usual things of checking for permission on the majordomo-related alias and mapping files. They need to be chown majordom (no, that's not a typo, the Majordomo user in FreeBSD is majordom; just eight characters).
The solution was
[root@nezlok:/usr/local/majordomo/lists] # ls -ld lists.* drwxr--r-- 4 majordom majordom 512 Oct 28 03:00 lists.bsdcan.org drwxr--r-- 4 majordom majordom 512 Nov 4 11:24 lists.freebsddiary.org drwxr--r-- 11 majordom majordom 1024 Oct 10 17:27 lists.freshports.org drwxr--r-- 6 majordom majordom 512 Sep 5 17:14 lists.freshsource.org drwxr--r-- 3 majordom majordom 512 Nov 4 11:25 lists.phorum.org drwxr--r-- 5 majordom majordom 512 Jul 11 2003 lists.racingsystem.com [root@nezlok:/usr/local/majordomo/lists] #
For what it's worth, each of those directories contain the files for that virtual Majordomo domain:
[root@nezlok:/usr/local/majordomo/lists/lists.freebsddiary.org] # ls -l -rw-r--r-- 1 majordom majordom 2664 Oct 24 07:28 freebsddiary-announce drw-r--r-- 2 majordom majordom 2560 Jun 4 2004 freebsddiary-announce.archive -rw-r--r-- 1 majordom majordom 16389 Aug 24 06:30 freebsddiary-announce.config -rw-r--r-- 1 majordom majordom 121 Dec 27 1999 freebsddiary-announce.info [root@nezlok:/usr/local/majordomo/lists/lists.freebsddiary.org] #