[svlug]sendmail aliases

Rafael raffi at linwin.com
Thu Apr 27 09:54:18 PDT 2000


On Thu, 27 Apr 2000, Gordon Vrololjak wrote:

> Hello,
> I can get sendmail to send email to a group of people by editing the
> /etc/aliases file and adding:
> emlstaff:       gvrdolja at nature.berkeley.edu, vrdoljak at uclink.berkeley.edu
> 
> However, when I try to get it to read addresses from a list by the line:
> emlstaff:      ":include:/etc/mail/lists/emlstaff" 
> The file is a plain text file I created and is a plain list of email
> addresses.  I also run 'newaliases' after each change to the /etc/aliases
> file.
> 
> The email alias fails and the message gets bounced back to me with the
> following error:
> 
> ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----
> <emlstaff at wilfred.berkeley.edu> ":include:/etc/mail/lists/emlstaff"
>     (expanded from: <emlstaff at wilfred.berkeley.edu>)
> 
>    ----- Transcript of session follows ----- 550
> ":include:/etc/mail/lists/emlstaff"... Cannot open
> /etc/mail/lists/emlstaff: Group writable directory

Make sure that the dir/file permissions are what sendmail expects. It
checks for that for security reasons.

> 554 <emlstaff at wilfred.berkeley.edu>... aliasing/forwarding loop broken

Make sure you don't have a loop in aliases.

> 
> I did everything according to the manuals I've read - running linux,
> essential system administration, and unix system administration handbook -
> but I'm still scratching my head.  What step am I missing, or failing to
> see.
> Thanks for your help.
> Gordon.
> 
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