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I have setup sympa with postfix. I am having problems with creating lists. Everytime I create a list I get this in my /var/log/apache2/error.log:

    postalias: fatal: open /etc/aliases.db: Permission denied  
    Failed to execute newaliases: Inappropriate ioctl for device

I tried removing aliases.db and manually using postalias, but alas. The problem doesn't show however when I restart postfix, so I think it is the fast cgi script trying to update the alias files for postfix.

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Ownership of /etc/aliases is usually root:root; this means a normal user cannot update it.

Try removing it and then running postalias with the apache user.

Also check the notes and configuration mentioned in the manual page for postalias

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Ok, but to what should I remove it? – Lucas Kauffman Mar 29 '12 at 15:09
/dev/null ??!!! – mailq Apr 3 '12 at 16:01
up vote 1 down vote accepted

The fix is to add www-data to the sympa group, and after running postalias on /etc/aliases; chmod the rights of aliases.db to 660. Then chown root:sympa aliases.db.

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