Root Mailman password?


Well-Known Member
Aug 21, 2003
La Crosse, WI
cPanel Access Level
Root Administrator
For an example, my mail server name is Somehow a user has attempted to subscribe to a list that I didn't even know existed, called "[email protected]". Mailman e-mails me daily asking me to tend to this request, and I have no idea what the administrative password is for this list. I've tried my root password, as well as some of my older root passwords, and nothing seems to work. Here's a copy of the e-mail I keep receiving (edited to protect privacy):

Delivery-date: Thu, 26 May 2005 08:00:18 -0500
Subject: 1 Mailman moderator request(s) waiting
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 08:00:01 -0500

The [email protected] mailing list has 1 request(s) waiting for
your consideration at:

Please attend to this at your earliest convenience. This notice of
pending requests, if any, will be sent out daily.

Pending subscriptions:
[email protected] (Dumb User) Mon May 23 05:44:36 2005

Any ideas?

- Scott


Active Member
May 18, 2005
Sorry to revive an old thread, but this is what I did to solve the problem, hope it helps other people (thanks to chirpy for pointing us in the right direction :) ):

- I have several mailman installations on my server, the one that worked for me was the one installed in /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/bin

- I changed the password for the mailman list by using the following command (run it while on the directory shown above):

./change_pw -l mailman -p 'new password goes here'

- From that point on, I could moderate the list by using the web interface and using the password I set.

Hopefully it helps someone, those emails are really annoying!


Well-Known Member
Apr 18, 2003
Just for future reference for anyone looking for answers:

1) To reset a mailman list administrator password, there is now a whm function:

"Reset a Mailman Password"

2) To reset the mailman site password (used to create new lists):

-- login to root
-- /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/mailman/bin/mmsitepass [to reset the site passwd]