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[Mailman-Users] Virtual domain not quite working on HTTP (but fine on SMTP)

Kapil Hari Paranjape [kapil at imsc.res.in]

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 19:42:43 +0530

[[[ This references a thread that has been moved to the LG Launderette, re: the various LG mailing lists. -- Kat ]]]


Disclaimer: Unlike you I have only been running mailman lists for a year and a half so I am unlikely to be of any help!

On Wed, 17 Jun 2009, Rick Moen wrote:

> Greetings, good people.  Problem summary:  After server rebuild, 
> virtual hosts work for SMTP, but Mailman's Web pages are appearing
> for the main host only and not the virtual host.

Are the actual pages being generated in /var/lib/mail/archives/ ?

Is the apache virtual domain configured to use the mailman cgi-bin?

These were the only two questions that occurred to me when I read through your mail.


Kapil. --

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Rick Moen [rick at linuxmafia.com]

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 10:29:17 -0700

Hi, Kapil. Thanks for trying to help.

Quoting Kapil Hari Paranjape (kapil@imsc.res.in):

> Is the apache virtual domain configured to use the mailman cgi-bin?

You'll note that http://linuxmafia.com/mailman/listinfo (and all functions of the linuxmafia.com-based mailing lists) works, so I think it's fair to say "yes". For reasons not yet clear, just not for the virthost.

> Are the actual pages being generated in /var/lib/mail/archives/ ?

Let me just quote what I just sent back to a similar query from someone on mailman-user:

> >   # cat /var/www/gazette/.htaccess
> >   redirect 301 /index.html
> >   http://lists.linuxgazette.net/mailman/listinfo/
> that 404's for me: have you got the Mailman Apache stanzas set-up in
> lists.linuxgazette.net's vhost config? I've not had issues using
> ServerAlias directives, fwiw.

Um, that's not 404, you're being 301-redirected by the .htaccess file to a URL that is 404 on account of Mailman not providing the virthost there. Here, let's temporarily disable the .htaccess file, and see:

# cd /var/www/gazette/
linuxmafia:/var/www/gazette# mv .htaccess .htaccess-save
linuxmafia:/var/www/gazette# touch HELLO-WORLD

You'll please note that http://lists.linuxgazette.net/ (and http://lists.linuxgazette.net/HELLO-WORLD ) are not, in fact, 404.

But anyway, since you ask, here's the relevant excerpt from the Apache config:

<VirtualHost lists.linuxgazette.net:80>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/gazette                                               
<Directory /var/www/gazette/>
    Options Indexes MultiViews FollowSymLinks                                   
    AllowOverride All
    Order allow,deny                                                            
    Allow from all

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