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Majordomo and MajorCool HOWTO

John Archie

15 November 2000

This document is intended to guide a user through an installation of the
Majordomo Mailing List Software and MajorCool. MajorCool is a utility for
managing Majordomo lists via a CGI script; many people who are unfamiliar
with Majordomo's text-based nature prefer the more user-friendly, web-based
interface of MajorCool.

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
    1.1. Credits
    1.2. References
2. Sendmail
    2.1. Aliases
    2.2. Editing
    2.3. Configuring Using the M4 Configuration
    2.4. Sendmail Security Concerns
3. Majordomo
    3.1. Preparing to Install
    3.2. Editing the Installation Files
    3.3. Installing Majordomo
    3.4. Creating the Majordomo Aliases
    3.5. Testing the Configuration
    3.6. Creating Lists
    3.7. Further Testing of the Configuration
    3.8. Creating Better Aliases
    3.9. Debugging
    3.10. Majordomo Security Concerns
4. MajorCool
    4.1. Extracting MajorCool
    4.2. Edit the Configure Script
    4.3. Installing MajorCool
5. Frequently Asked Questions
List of Terms

1. Introduction

This HOWTO is divided into several sections. The Sendmail portion is a
general discussion about Majordomo and how Majordomo interfaces with
Sendmail, as well as the various ways Majordomo can be set up and the
consequences of such decisions. In contrast, the rest of the HOWTO is a
tutorial guiding a user through a plain installation process of Majordomo. I
recommend going over the generic installation process described in the
sections after Sendmail, referencing the appropriate portions of the Sendmail
section when necessary (the appropriate sections are mentioned in the
appropriate places). Then, read the Sendmail section carefully and decide
exactly how to configure your system. Finally, a List of Terms provides
definitions for some of the more abstruse terms.

Also, if the official sites for downloading any of the software mentioned in
this document are down, the tarballs can be found at my web site.

1.1. Credits

Thanks go out (in alphabetical order) to a few people for their invaluable

��*�Lee Archie for proofreading
��*�James Bruce and Bill Poston for the opportunity to set up my first
    permanent machine running Majordomo
��*�Joseph D. Sloan for reading the Sendmail portion and making helpful

1.2. References

Although I have tried to make this HOWTO as complete as possible, it is
always a good idea to look at more than one source. Below is a list of the
resources that I found helpful when trying to configure Majordomo for the
first time.


��*�Bryan Costales with Eric Allman, sendmail. Cambridge: O'Reilly, 1997.
��*�Alan Schwartz, Managing Mailing Lists. Cambridge: O'Reilly, 1998.

Free resources:

��*�the documentation accompanying Sendmail especially
��*�the documentation accompanying Majordomo especially INSTALL and NEWLIST
��*�the Majordomo-Users Mailing List Archive.
��*�the documentation accompanying MajorCool

2. Sendmail

Since Majordomo is responsible for managing E-mail lists, Majordomo relies
heavily on a MTA such as Sendmail. There are other MTA's such as Smail and
Qmail out there; however, Sendmail is the oldest and most common. This
section introduces the reader to the areas of Sendmail that are useful or
necessary to configure when using Majordomo.

2.1. Aliases

The Sendmail aliases file (usually /etc/aliases) is used for making aliases
for E-mail addresses. For example, once Majordomo is installed, usually an
entry in the aliases file reads:
majordomo-owner:        jarchie                                              
This entry means that all mail addressed to will
actually be sent to Notice it is unnecessary to append the to jarchie because both users are on the same host. If it were
desired to redirect the message to a different user on a different host, one
would have to add the portion.

Another type of entry in the aliases file allows E-mail to be redirected to
multiple addresses listed in a file:
testlist:               :include:/usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/lists/testlist  
This entry states that any message sent to will be
redirected to all the addresses listed in the file /usr/local/
majordomo-1.94.5/lists/testlist. The testlist file might look something like
Majordomo is able to add or remove addresses from a list by taking advantage
of this feature. When a subscribe request is processed, the user's E-mail
address is appended to the testlist file; when an unsubscribe request is
processed, the user's E-mail address is removed from the testlist file. One
can also add or remove addresses manually simply by editing the file with a
text editor such as vi.

Since Majordomo needs to be able to process commands sent to it via E-mail,
Sendmail must be able to execute the Majordomo program and pass the message
to it. This is done by adding another type of entry to the aliases file:
majordomo:              "|/usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/wrapper majordomo"     
The program /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/wrapper is a wrapper (SUID majordomo
and SGID majordomo or daemon depending on the configuration) that runs the
Majordomo program. The quotation marks around the second part of the alias
entry are used to tell Sendmail that this part of the entry is all one
statement; the quotation marks would be unnecessary if there were not a space
between wrapper and majordomo. The | is known as a "pipe"; it is used to tell
Sendmail to send the E-mail to the wrapper via the standard input. (Since all
the wrapper does here is to call majordomo, the E-mail is actually being sent
to Majordomo.) The wrapper accepts one parameter--the parameter of the
program it is supposed to execute. (Any parameters after the first will be
passed to the program the wrapper is executing.) For security reasons, the
wrapper only executes programs located in the Majordomo directory, /usr/local
/majordomo-1.94.5/. This restriction prevents a programmer from using the
wrapper to run programs that should not have Majordomo privileges. (For
example, wrapper /bin/vi would allow any user to edit any Majordomo
configuration file.) When a message is sent to, Sendmail
starts up the wrapper which, in turn, starts up majordomo, and Sendmail sends
the message to the majordomo script via the standard input. Majordomo then
extracts the commands out of the message and responds appropriately.

2.2. Editing

Due to its arcane syntax, is perhaps the most feared of all
configuration files. In the installation of majordomo, it is not absolutely
necessary to edit; however, a couple of features are extremely
useful. Unless major changes have to be made to (which,
thankfully, Majordomo does not require), editing the file is not that
difficult. All that need be done is adding extra lines to the file.

2.2.1. Another Aliases File

Creating a separate file for the Majordomo aliases, such as /usr/local/
majordomo-1.94.5/majordomo.aliases, is often a good idea. This can be done
rather easily by adding a line to the end of the file
To have a /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/majordomo.aliases, Sendmail must be
able to generate a database (/usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/
majordomo.aliases.db). The easiest way to accomplish this is to go ahead and
create an empty database for Sendmail to overwrite.
[root@kes majordomo-1.94.5]# touch majordomo.aliases.db                      
[root@kes majordomo-1.94.5]# chmod 644 majordomo.aliases.db                  
Another method to get around this issue is simply to create the
majordomo.aliases file in the /etc/ directory, rather than the Majordomo home

2.2.2. Undesirable Sendmail Security Features

For certain setups, some security measures that Sendmail uses can prevent
Majordomo from working properly. Obviously, these security features must be
turned off.

2.2.3. Sendmail Trusted Users

Sendmail is programmed to make it difficult for people to make "perfect"
forgeries of E-mail. For example, when a user sends a message via SMTP, the
source IP address is typically logged, and when a user sends a message by
giving it directly to Sendmail and specifying the sender using sendmail -f,
Sendmail puts a warning message in the header specifying the user who really
sent the message. However, some programs need to be able to send messages
masquerading as other users, and having this extra security line appended to
the header is annoying. Sendmail handles this problem by having trusted
users. In order for Majordomo's resend script to work properly, majordomo
must be a Sendmail trusted user since the program needs to resend mail from
other users.

One way to make Majordomo a trusted user is by adding the line
to the file.

2.2.4. Sendmail Restricted Shell

If Sendmail is using smrsh, then the only programs that can be executed are
those under the /etc/smrsh/ directory. Perhaps the best solution to run the
wrapper from the aliases file is to create a symbolic link from /etc/smrsh/
wrapper to /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/wrapper.
[root@kes smrsh]# ln -s /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/wrapper wrapper          
A second solution is to actually move the wrapper into the /etc/smrsh/
[root@kes smrsh]# mv /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/wrapper ./                  
If security is not a major concern, the secure shell can be disabled. One
fairly crude method is simply to delete /usr/sbin/smrsh and copy or link /bin
/sh in its place.
[root@kes sbin]# rm -f smrsh                                                 
[root@kes sbin]# ln -s /bin/sh smrsh                                         
A better (but more difficult) method is to edit Change the
reference from /usr/sbin/smrsh
Mprog,          P=/usr/sbin/smrsh, F=lsDFMoqeu9, S=10/30, R=20/40, D=$z:/,       
                A=sh -c $u                                                       
to /bin/sh
Mprog,          P=/bin/sh, F=lsDFMoqeu9, S=10/30, R=20/40, D=$z:/,           
                A=sh -c $u                                                   

2.2.5. Group Write Permission

If you plan on having a non-root user add and manage mailing lists, you will
need to make the majordomo.aliases file group writable. However, Sendmail
does not allow this configuration for security reasons (see Section 2.4). To
disable this security feature, add the line
O DontBlameSendmail=GroupWritableAliasFile                                   
to the file. Also, the lists directory must be group writable in
order to add a list, but Sendmail will not allow this setup for similar
security reasons. To disable this security feature, adding the line
O DontBlameSendmail=IncludeFileInGroupWritableDirPath                        
to the configuration file is necessary.

2.3. Configuring Using the M4 Configuration

For administrators who do not want to edit the file directly, it
is possible to use M4 to create the file; this section describes how to make
the changes discussed in the previous section to the mc file instead of the
cf file.

The purpose of the M4 configuration is to provide an easy way to create the file. The idea is that the created mc file is easier to
understand than the file. By running the m4 preprocessor, a file is generated:
[root@kes etc]# m4 /etc/ > /etc/                       

2.3.1. Creating Another Aliases File

Add the line
to the file.

2.3.2. Making Majordomo a Trusted User

Add the line
to the file.

2.3.3. Disabling Sendmail Secure Shell

Delete the line that reads
in the file.

2.3.4. Disabling Security Features

To disable the group write permission security check on the aliases file, add
the line
to the file.

To disable the path write permission security check for the include files,
add the line
To enable both of these options, use
Adding the last statement is equivalent to writing
O DontBlameSendmail=GroupWritableAliasFile,IncludeFileInGroupWritableDirPath 
in, and this entry is the same as writing the entries on separate
O DontBlameSendmail=GroupWritableAliasFile                                   
O DontBlameSendmail=IncludeFileInGroupWritableDirPath                        

2.4. Sendmail Security Concerns

Security is inversely proportional to convenience; the only secure machine is
one that cannot be accessed by anyone. When some of Sendmail's security
features are disabled, a machine will inevitably become less secure. However,
it is important to understand the basic security risks in order to determine
if the convenience out weighs possible breaches of security.

2.4.1. Consequences of Unsafe Group Writes

If a user has write permission to access an aliases file, she should be a
trusted user. By putting an entry into the aliases file (such as the one used
to execute wrapper) a user can execute any program with the privileges of
Sendmail (daemon or, in older versions, root). This gaffe would allow people
to remove or change the permissions of files that belong to daemon (using the
rm or chmod commands in the aliases file). To some extent, this possibility
is avoided by using smrsh; however, one must still be careful as to what
files are in the /etc/smrsh/ directory.

Another important security issue is that the user who can access the aliases
file can append or write to files that belong to daemon by using file
redirection (a >> or > instead of a |). Even so, this breach too can be
countered by adding a line to the file limiting what files can be
written to through the aliases file. Add the line
O SaveFileEnvironment=/path/to/safe/files                                    
to the file or add
to the file. However, this maneuver only leaves a thin layer of
security between the user and daemon. A much better idea would be to have the
aliases file only writable by root and to create an SUID root program to add
and remove the Majordomo related aliases.

In the case of include or .forward files, commands or redirections are run as
the user who owns the file. Therefore, if a file is group writable, a member
of the group can execute commands as the user who owns the file. In other
words, any user in the majordomo group could execute commands as Majordomo.
However, since the majordomo user is created without a shell, commands or
redirections will not be processed in include files owned by majordomo.

2.4.2. Consequences of Unsafe Group Writable Directory Paths

If a user has group write permission to a directory, for example /etc/, the
user could simply move any file and create a new one in its place. An attack
might go something like this
[mallory@kes etc]$ mv aliases ...                                            
[mallory@kes etc]$ vi aliases                                                
The user can then make her own aliases! This attack, however, could be
prevented by Sendmail's security checking for unsafe group writable paths.
Such an attack also would work with include and .forward files having unsafe

In the case of Majordomo, the user in the majordomo group already has access
to the include files, so this does not really compromise security. However,
an administrator should be careful to prevent these undesirable unsafe group
writable directory paths from occurring in the future because Sendmail will
not check for them.

2.4.3. Protecting Subscribers' Privacy

Unfortunately, sophisticated spammers can expand mail lists using the EXPN
SMTP command. For this reason, administrators should disable this feature
when serving mailing lists. Add the line
O PrivacyOptions=noexpn                                                      
to the file or
to the file.

3. Majordomo

Majordomo is, of course, the piece of code that this document revolves
around; it consists of a collection of Perl scripts with the sole purpose of
managing mailing lists.

3.1. Preparing to Install

Download the gzipped source distribution of the latest version of Majordomo
from Great Circle Associates and uncompress it
[jarchie@kes jarchie]$ tar zxvf majordomo-1.94.5.tar.gz                      
This will create a subdirectory with all of the files necessary to install
Majordomo; this directory cannot be the same directory in which Majordomo is
to be installed.

Majordomo must run under a specific UID and GID so when any of the scripts
are run, they will run under Majordomo's UID. Thus, it is necessary to decide
what UID and GID Majordomo should run under. Also, Majordomo must be a
Sendmail trusted user (see Section 2.2.3).

Check the /etc/passwd and /etc/group files to find a UID and GID that are not
taken. For this example, a UID of 16 and a GID of 16 was chosen. You have to
decide on the location where the Majordomo scripts will reside; in this
HOWTO, the directory /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/ was chosen. If you are
using a shadowed password file, add entries similar to
majordomo:x:16:16:Majordomo List Manager:/usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5:        
to your /etc/passwd and add an appropriate entry to /etc/shadow.
Use the other entries in these files as a guide for exactly what should be
added. These are only the values for my system. If you are not using shadowed
passwords, only an entry in the /etc/passwd file is necessary.

To create a Majordomo group, add a line similar to
to your /etc/group file. Appending your username to the end of the line will
give you access to the Majordomo files that are group writable.

3.2. Editing the Installation Files

The Makefile contains all the information needed to install Majordomo; it is
usually necessary to edit lines in the Makefile that refer to system specific
settings so Majordomo will be able to install cleanly on your system. Most of
the default settings are correct; however, the following settings, almost
invariably, need to be changed on a per system basis.
[jarchie@kes majordomo-1.94.5]$ vi Makefile                                  
The settings
PERL = /bin/perl                                                             
CC = cc                                                                      
W_HOME = /usr/test/majordomo-$(VERSION)                                      
MAN = $(W_HOME)/man                                                          
W_USER = 123                                                                 
W_GROUP = 45                                                                 
should be changed to something more appropriate for your system. For example,
in my setup, the values were changed to
PERL = /usr/bin/perl                                                         
CC = gcc                                                                     
W_HOME = /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5                                         
MAN = /usr/man                                                               
W_USER = 16                                                                  
W_GROUP = 16                                                                 
Also the file must be created. An easy way to create this file
is to copy the provided file to and edit it.
[jarchie@kes majordomo-1.94.5]$ cp                    
[jarchie@kes majordomo-1.94.5]$ vi                              
Again, most of the settings are correct by default, but the following lines
might need to be changed for your system from
$whereami = "";                                                   
$whoami = "Majordomo\@$whereami";                                            
$whoami_owner = "Majordomo-Owner\@$whereami";                                
     $homedir = "/usr/test/majordomo";                                       
$digest_work_dir = "/usr/local/mail/digest";                                 
$sendmail_command = "/usr/lib/sendmail";                                     
to something more appropriate such as
$whereami = "";                                             
$whoami = "majordomo\@$whereami";                                            
$whoami_owner = "majordomo-owner\@$whereami";                                
     $homedir = "/usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5";                               
$digest_work_dir = "/usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/digest";                     
$sendmail_command = "/usr/sbin/sendmail";                                    
$whoami and $whoami_owner do not need to be changed for Majordomo to work;
however, I changed them because I like to avoid typing capital letters.
$digest_work_dir is a temporary directory where digest files should be
placed; this directory should be assigned to wherever you want digests to be
stored. If you do not plan to use digested lists, do not worry about this
option. $whereami, $homedir, and $sendmail_command should be changed to
appropriate values for your system. Unlike the Makefile, these options can
always be changed after Majordomo is installed by editing in the
directory where Majordomo was installed. (The configuration file is simply
copied during setup.)

3.3. Installing Majordomo

The next step is to compile the Majordomo wrapper. The wrapper is the only
Majordomo component that needs to be compiled because everything else is a
collection of perl scripts and, therefore, is not compiled.
[jarchie@kes majordomo-1.94.5]$ make wrapper                                 
To install the Majordomo files, execute the commands
[root@kes majordomo-1.94.5]# make install                                    
[root@kes majordomo-1.94.5]# make install-wrapper                            
The first command can be done as the Majordomo user (assuming majordomo can
create or has access to $home_dir), but the second command needs to be done
as root so the installation script can SUID root the Majordomo wrapper.
(Since, majordomo was created without a login shell or password, if you want
to execute the first command as majordomo, you will need to su majordomo as
root in order to become majordomo.)

3.4. Creating the Majordomo Aliases

Sendmail aliases must be created for Majordomo so commands sent to Majordomo
can be processed by majordomo, and an alias for the Majordomo owner must be
created so people can E-mail you through the standard owner-majordomo
address. Add the following entries to your aliases file (see Section 2.1).
majordomo:       "|/usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/wrapper majordomo"            
owner-majordomo: jarchie                                                     
majordomo-owner: jarchie                                                     

3.5. Testing the Configuration

As a regular user (not as majordomo or as root), run
[jarchie@kes jarchie]$ /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/wrapper config-test       
This program can detect most problems in the Majordomo installation.

3.6. Creating Lists

To create a list, create a file with the name of the list in the Majordomo
lists directory. For example, to create a list called test, create a test
file as Majordomo
[root@kes /]# su majordomo                                                   
[majordomo@kes /]$ touch /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/lists/test              
and add the related aliases
test:          :include:/usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/lists/test               
owner-test:    jarchie                                                       
test-request:  "|/usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/wrapper request-answer test"    
test-approval: jarchie                                                       

3.7. Further Testing of the Configuration

Now test the operation of the list by issuing a lists command to Majordomo.
[jarchie@kes jarchie]$ echo lists | mail majordomo                           
It should only take a second for majordomo to reply with a message containing
all the lists which are currently set up. Next, try issuing a help command.
[jarchie@kes jarchie]$ echo help | mail majordomo                            
Majordomo should reply with a list of all commands that Majordomo accepts. It
might be a good idea to save the message for future reference.

To see if the aliases are working properly, try subscribing and unsubscribing
yourself to the list.
[jarchie@kes jarchie]$ echo subscribe test | mail majordomo                  
You will receive an E-mail message containing instructions on how to confirm
your subscription as well as a letter confirming that your command was
successful. After sending back your confirmation, Majordomo should send back
two letters--one letter stating that your subscribe request was successful
and another letter welcoming you to the test list. The owner of the list will
also be sent a message stating that you have subscribed to the list.

To unsubscribe from a list, send a unsubscribe command
[jarchie@kes jarchie]$ echo unsubscribe test | mail majordomo                
You should be sent back a letter stating that your command was successful.

3.8. Creating Better Aliases

For some lists, it may be desirable to have Majordomo process messages before
they reach the list. For example, Majordomo has the resend script to
automatically filter messages based on content (such as taboo words), to
prevent people from sending Majordomo commands to the list, and other
features. To use these options, it is necessary to use a better set of
aliases such as
test:        "|/usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/wrapper resend -l test test-list" 
test-list:   :include:/usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/lists/test                 
owner-test:  jarchie                                                         
test-owner:  jarchie                                                         
test-request:  "|/usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/wrapper majordomo -l test"      
The last entry allows someone simply to send a message to with the text subscribe rather than sending a
letter to with the text subscribe test. Also,
note that if sendmail is using smrsh, the above aliases should reference the
copy of the wrapper in the safe path--usually /etc/smrsh/wrapper.

3.9. Debugging

It is common for Majordomo's permissions to be set incorrectly causing
Majordomo to work improperly. Fortunately, Sendmail and Majordomo typically,
give decent error messages indicating a problem. For example, the lists
directory must be executable by the user sendmail setuids to, typically mail
or daemon. If sendmail cannot execute lists, the permissions must be
[root@kes root]# chmod +x /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/lists                  
Another common problem is caused by the lists directory being group writable.
To solve this problem, one can ether clear the group writable bit, or use the
sendmail option IncludeFileInGroupWritableDirPath (see Section 2.2.5 and 
Section 2.4.1 for more details).

3.10. Majordomo Security Concerns

Majordomo is intended to run on a isolated system; there are a couple of
well-known security holes in the scripts that allow any local user capable of
executing wrapper to execute code as the majordomo user. If Majordomo must be
run on a system providing users with shell access, then it is advisable to
tighten up permissions on the wrapper. This can be done by clearing the world
executable bit and chgrping the wrapper to the user that needs to run the
Majordomo scripts. For example, if Sendmail and MajorCool are both being used
to execute the wrapper use the commands
[root@kes root]# cp /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/wrapper /etc/smrsh/wrapper   
[root@kes root]# chmod 4750 /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/wrapper              
[root@kes root]# chown root:nobody /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/wrapper       
[root@kes root]# chmod 4750 /etc/smrsh/wrapper                               
[root@kes root]# chown root:mail /etc/smrsh/wrapper                          
to secure the system. This will allow sendmail (while running under mail) to
execute /etc/smrsh/wrapper while allowing the webserver's MajorCool (running
under nobody) to execute /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/wrapper. This solution,
however, will allow anyone with the UID or GID of mail or nobody to also
obtain access to the majordomo account. To protect the nobody account, it is
important not to allow normal users to make use of server side includes or
cgi scripts unless those services do not run under nobody.

4. MajorCool

MajorCool is a web-based interface to Majordomo allowing users to add and
delete themselves from lists and manage lists that they own. The installation
is fairly straightforward; all that need be done is to unzip the files, edit
one line in the Configure script, and execute the script.

4.1. Extracting MajorCool

The latest files can be downloaded from Conveyance Digital.
[jarchie@kes jarchie]$ mkdir majorcool                                       
[jarchie@kes jarchie]$ mv majorcool.tar.gz ./majorcool/                      
[jarchie@kes jarchie]$ cd majorcool/                                         
[jarchie@kes majorcool]$ tar zxvf majorcool.tar.gz                           

4.2. Edit the Configure Script

Open Configure and
[jarchie@kes majorcool]$ vi Configure                                        
change the line that reads
PERLBIN="/usr/local/bin/perl"   # How to start a perl script                 
to the proper location of perl
PERLBIN="/usr/bin/perl"         # How to start a perl script                 
otherwise, MajorCool will not be installed properly.

4.3. Installing MajorCool

When running the Configure script, if the default choice for an option is
okay, simply pressing Enter will accept the default.
[root@kes majorcool]# ./Configure                                            
The Configure script will ask you to hit Enter a few times, and then it will
ask for the location of Majordomo and some more questions about the setup of
your Web server.
What is the installation directory of Majordomo?                             
        []: /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5                                      
Will place the MajorCool programs in /usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5.            
What is the path to your Majordomo configuration file?                       
Using configuration file name '/usr/local/majordomo-1.94.5/'     
Where would you like temp files created when MajorCool runs?                 
MajorCool needs to install CGI programs, support files, and icons in         
your Web server directories.                                                 
What is the root directory for your Web server?                              
        []: /var/www                                                         
Where is the cgi-bin directory for your Web server?                          
Will place the programs in /var/www/cgi-bin.                                 
What is your server's URL for '/var/www/cgi-bin'?                            
Where is the image directory for your Web server?                            
Will place the icons in /var/www/icons.                                      
What is your server's URL for '/var/www/icons'?                              
        [/images]: /icons                                                    
Where is the root directory for documents on your Web server?                
        []: /var/www/html                                                    
The Configure script will ask other questions that are less critical. (The
defaults are fine, but you might want to change a few settings to fit your
preferences. Unlike some of the Web server questions, the meanings should be
obvious from the context.) When the configuration file that the script
generated from your answers is displayed, you should accept the new version.
Accept the new version? [yes|no|list|edit|diff]? y                           
The installation script will install the MajorCool files and run the 
majordomo cgi script which outputs the html file to the console. Check to see
if the installation worked by viewing the majordomo cgi script from the web.
[jarchie@kes jarchie]$ lynx http://localhost/cgi-bin/majordomo               

5. Frequently Asked Questions

Two questions occur often.

5.1. Why does sendmail give the error, sh: wrapper not available for sendmail
5.2. Why will Red Hat not process my mc file?

5.1. Why does sendmail give the error, sh: wrapper not available for sendmail

smrsh will only allow sendmail to execute certain files. See Section 2.2.4.

5.2. Why will Red Hat not process my mc file?

For some reason, Red Hat does not include the necessary files to process mc
files. According to /etc/mail/, these files should be in the
sendmail-cf package; however, I was unable to find this package on the CD. To
fix this problem, install Red Hat's sendmail SRPM, uncompress the sendmail
tarball, and copy the necessary macro files.
[root@kes root]# rpm -i sendmail-8.11.0-8.src.rpm                            
[root@kes root]# cd /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES/                                 
[root@kes SOURCES]# tar zxvf sendmail-8.11.0.tar.gz                          
[root@kes SOURCES]# cd sendmail-8.11.0                                       
[root@kes sendmail-8.11.0]# cp -R cf /usr/lib/sendmail-cf                    
[root@kes sendmail-8.11.0]# cd ..                                            
[root@kes SOURCES]# rm -rf sendmail-8.11.0                                   
Also in the default /etc/mail/ file, there is a slight syntax
error. (The beginning single quotes on one line slant in the wrong
direction.) The line that reads
should be changed to
After these two changes, the new should be generated properly.

List of Terms

    a collection of new messages mailed to the members of an archived list as
    one message. A list is called digested when it is archived and,
    periodically, a digest is sent out.
Group ID (GID)
    an identification number assigned to files, directories, and processes to
    restrict access--similar to UID except multiple people can be a member of
    a group. On Unix-type systems, groups can be set up (defined in the /etc/
    group file). When a user name is a member of a group, she can access
    files created with that GID (assuming permissions allow it).
Mail Transfer Agent (MTA)
    a program, such as Sendmail, responsible for passing mail from one
    location to another.
Set Group ID (SGID)
    a file attribute which allows a program to run with specific group
    privileges no matter who executes it.
    (SendMail Restricted SHell) the shell that Sendmail uses to execute
    programs. smrsh puts restrictions on the programs that can be run to make
    it safer than using a regular shell such as the Bourne Shell.
Set User ID (SUID)
    a file attribute which allows a program to run as a specific user no
    matter who executes it.
User ID (UID)
    an identification number assigned to files directories, and
    processes--similar to GID except every user has a unique UID. Every
    process must run under a UID (the one-to-one relationship between the UID
    and user name is defined in /etc/passwd). The process' UID determines
    what the program can access. In general a regular user can change the
    permissions on files that she owns unless the UID is 0 (the root user).
    In that case, root can modify any files on the system.
    a program used to start another program; usually a wrapper is SUID or
    SGID so it can bestow privileges onto another program that the other
    program would not normally have.

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