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I'm having problems setting up a mailing list, using Mailman.


I can post to my list, however, I always get a bounced message as well stating:


"You are not allowed to post to this mailing list, and your message has

been automatically rejected. If you think that your messages are

being rejected in error, contact the mailing list owner at



Any ideas?



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I was just about to ask about that too. I get the same message along with the sent message. I'm on server 23.


My list has been set up for a few months and has been working fine until recently. It got fixed up for me and now I'm getting that "not allowed" message.

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I just made a test mailing list, when i made it I got this message.


>To finish creating your mailing list, you must edit your /etc/aliases (or
equivalent) file by adding the following lines, and possibly running the
`newaliases' program:

## test_x-trememodz.com mailing list
test_x-trememodz.com:              "|/usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/mail/mailman post test_x-trememodz.com"
test_x-trememodz.com-admin:        "|/usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/mail/mailman admin test_x-trememodz.com"
test_x-trememodz.com-bounces:      "|/usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/mail/mailman bounces test_x-trememodz.com"
test_x-trememodz.com-confirm:      "|/usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/mail/mailman confirm test_x-trememodz.com"
test_x-trememodz.com-join:         "|/usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/mail/mailman join test_x-trememodz.com"
test_x-trememodz.com-leave:        "|/usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/mail/mailman leave test_x-trememodz.com"
test_x-trememodz.com-owner:        "|/usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/mail/mailman owner test_x-trememodz.com"
test_x-trememodz.com-request:      "|/usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/mail/mailman request test_x-trememodz.com"
test_x-trememodz.com-subscribe:    "|/usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/mail/mailman subscribe test_x-trememodz.com"
test_x-trememodz.com-unsubscribe:  "|/usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/mail/mailman unsubscribe test_x-trememodz.com"

Hit enter to notify test_x-trememodz.com owner...
Updated List test x-trememodz.com


I made a mailing list previous to the cpanel upgrade just messing around and didnt get a message like that, could that have anything to do with the errors ppl are having now?

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I've just set one up on a test account I use. I got the same message as leezard when I set it up, but I went on to test and use it - it all worked perfectly.


I didn't get any mail message saying I couldn't post.


Do you get any other errors? or just the not allowed message?



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I'm not a user of mailman and, to be honest, I am not certain of what changes, if any, are made in third party products between upgrades


Getting a copy of your own message can be turned on / off on the general admin page.


Looking at things a bit more, there are a number of possible causes of this msg.


Are you a member of your list? as well as being the administrator?



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I got the same message that leezard did regarding the creation of /etc/mail/aliases. On one of my tests, I did copy the text from the message to create an aliases file, and pushed it up. No luck.


Members can send to the list and see their messages, as administrator, I see a bounce for everything posted.


I'll ignore the messages and keep looking around.


Thanks everyone.

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Let me take a moment to explain the aliases situtation. The output you see containing the email aliases is the output from the Mailman program that creates new lists. It outputs those aliases so that sites that use some email servers (e.g. sendmail) can copy-and-paste that directly into their aliases file.


Now, we here at Total Choice Web Hosting are using Exim as the email server (that may be a CPanel thing, I'm honestly not sure). Exim is very configurable, to the point that, since Mailman mailing lists follow a nice little pattern, Exim can actually be configured to automatically recognize and properly handle mailing list messages (passing them along to Mailman) without the need for additional configuration for each individual mailing list that is created.


It's a beautiful thing. :D

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Glad I found this thread -- I have the same problem.


Oddly, when I changed the auto-acknolwedgment text to read: "your post has been received and is being distributed", the problem became more random -- it now occurs 50% of the time, roughly, with no discernable pattern.


In fact, some people will get the "good" ack message, followed by the "huh" ack message!


And as someone said, the good news is that the messages still go out!


I'm just turning off auto-ack until this gets fixed, which is easy enough.

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