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Subject: Re: (Fwd) MAJORDOMO ABORT - Any ideas?
From: "David Guntner" <davidg @ netcom . com>
Organization: What a concept! :-)
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 1996 16:39:39 -0500
To: majordomo-users @ GreatCircle . COM
Comments: Authenticated sender is <>

(BTW, thanks guys for cc'ing me on this.)

Jason L Tibbitts III grabbed a keyboard and wrote:
> >>>>> "BB" == Brian Behlendorf <> writes:
> BB> I recall getting this error on an early beta of 1.94, and I'm not sure
> BB> it got fixed before 1.94 was released.  Here's my message from back
> BB> then.
> This I believe we fixed this early in the beta process.  resend will
> currently complain about restrict_post files it can't open but will not
> abort.

I did manage to finally figure out what was triggering it, although I'm 
still puzzled about why it sent those messages to the postmaster address 
instead of majordomo-owner with that rather cryptic message.

When I configured the file, I set $digest_work_dir to 
$homedir/dig.  However, that seems to be the *one* variable which gets 
set using a single quote (') instead of a double quote (") around the 
value you're setting it to.  I'm making a guess based on observation 
here, but it seems that if you enclose a variable setting in a single 
quote, any variable mentioned inside those quotes *doesn't* get expanded, 
as they do inside of double quotes.  The server was trying to work on its 
digests in a directory called $homedir/dig (rather than 
/usr/local/majordomo/dig), which didn't exist.  So shlock was failing, 
and for each message in the digest, it was sending that abort message to 
the postmaster since it thought it couldn't send it to majordomo-owner.  
Once I fixed it by just pointing directly to /usr/local/majordomo/dig for 
the value of $digest_work_dir (I didn't know if there was a particular 
reason for using a single quote there instead of a double quote, so I 
left the quote character alone), the error messages stopped happening, 
and the digested versions of lists which have digests started processing 
properly again.

I'm still at a loss about that majordomo-owner error, though.  After 
fixing the above problem, I deliberately forged an E-Mail message to the 
server with a leading "|", to create a hostile address and create an 
abort.  It went right to majordomo-owner, like it should.

Anyway, the server is running like it should now.  But I figured I should 
report this to you, so in case it ever turns up again in the future, 
you'll know of something to look for. :-)

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