Then copy the files to your
Copy the files that you just unpacked from the distribution
into the location where you want your MailMan installation to
for example. We don't really have a specific location that we
recommend, it's all a matter of personal preference. The most
common URL location seems to be "http://www.yourecompany.com/mailman/mailman.cgi",
but that's probably because most people are lazy.
If you are using a recent Apache server
distribution as your web server, then your web-accessible tree
is most likely in a location like "/usr/local/apache/htdocs",
"/var/www/html", or something
like that. If you don't even know where your web-accessible tree
is then now would be an excellent time to put the MailMan installation
on hold while you go and consult with the nerd that set up your
web server for you. Better yet, mail that nerd a link to this
document and tell them that they are welcome to contact
us if they need any help doing your install for you.
You can copy the files all at once by using
"cd" to navigate to the subdirectory
that contains the MailMan files that you unpacked from the distribution
and then using "cp -p * /path/to/where/you/want/mailman/".
The "-p" option to "cp"
tells it to preserve file attributes. We configure the permissions
on the files in advance when we pack the distribution, so if you
do that then you might be able to save a step later. Before you
do that copy, make sure that the target directory exists. The
"mkdir" command is used to
create directories, for instance, "mkdir
/var/www/html/mailman/". We're not calling you dumb,
it's just that we get lots of the same sorts of questions over
and over so we try to provide help right up front.
Once you have copied the files into the
directory that you want, just do us a favor and go and try to
access the "mailman.cgi"
file. Half of the time it will already work at this point without
any further hassle. If it doesn't and you get a cryptic error
message, don't freak out yet, it's not a big deal at all.