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Subject: Re: No answer from majordomo
From: "Russell Steinthal" <rms39 @ columbia . edu>
Organization: Columbia University
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 1997 01:18:48 -0500
To: CF Inacio <dcm46 @ crdp31 . crdp-toulouse . fr>
Cc: majordomo-workers @ GreatCircle . COM
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In-reply-to: <3316F350.47DF@crdp-toulouse.fr>

On 28 Feb 97 at 16:01, CF Inacio wrote:

> 2- I create the user majordomo:
>    username: majordomo
>    UID: 75
>    Group: Daemon
>    Home directory: /usr/lib/majordomo

> Then when I mail majordomo from www, the user www receives no answer:
[snip]
> On the other hand, majordomo receives the mail.

Jason pointed out the problem with your Perl version, but I'm going 
to posit a simpler solution, although one which may just be a flaw 
with the way you described your setup.  If you create a user called 
"majordomo", mail to majordomo@host is by default just going to be 
dropped in /var/mail/majordomo or whatever the mail files are on your 
machine (or at least that's a logical default action- your OS may 
differ).  That would account for the mail being received (I 
presume you mean not bounced), yet no response being sent.  What 
makes majordomo work is having the mail piped into the actual 
program, usually through a mail alias.

On my machine (not the account from which I'm sending this message), 
we have a user called majordom who actually owns the files and 
directories.  We also have a mail alias majordomo which pipes to the 
actual scripts, and actually does the work.  So mail to majordom@host 
(which in your example would be majordomo@host) would normally just 
get dumped in a UNIX mail file; as it turns out, we forward that mail 
to majordomo-owner to deal with.

This could of course be absolutely wrong, and if so, I'll go back to 
lurking on majordomo-workers.  But then again, it might just be 
correct. :)  [Jason, Dave, and all the other true "mj-workers", feel 
free to correct anything I said.]

-Russell
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