FreeBSD Port: postfix-2.8.4,1

Olli Hauer ohauer at
Mon Aug 1 21:31:44 UTC 2011

On 2011-08-01 22:54, Miroslav Lachman wrote:
> Olli Hauer wrote:
>> On 2011-08-01 12:55, Miroslav Lachman wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I upgraded postfix-2.8.3,1 to postfix-2.8.4,1 yesterday and today I
>>> realized, that postfix is nolonger in my manualy defined group
>>> (maildirs:*:3125:postfix). I use this setting for many years without
>>> problem.
>>> After the change to "use the ports framework to create USERS and
>>> GROUPS" it means broken installation after upgrade.
>>> 1] I don't think it is good to touch user's customizations in users
>>> or groups especially removing something silently
>>> 2] If something like this change happend, it should be mentioned in
>>> Am I forced to do manual work (adding postfix to my group) after
>>> each upgrade?
>>> Miroslav Lachman
>> Hi Miroslav,
>> what do you mean with "postfix is nolonger in my manualy defined group"?
> I have postfix in group maildirs on my servers:
> maildirs:*:3125:postfix
> This is my group created many years ago (the server start its life as FreeBSD 6.0, now it runs 8.2). I am using this group for mail directories on all of my mailservers.
>> In the postfix port there was no code to remove the postfix user from
>> any group or delete the postfix user.
>> If my speculation is correct and this was not a fresh install, then the
>> postfix user is now member of the groups *mail, postfix and maildirs*.
> Today (after Postfix upgrade) I have this in daily report:
> Backup passwd and group files:
> group diffs:
> 34c34
> < maildirs:*:3125:postfix
> ---
>> > maildirs:*:3125:
> So I looked in to /etc/group and found that postfix is no longer member of the group maildirs:
> maildirs:*:3125:
> I must re-add it to group maildirs, so now I have it right:
>> id postfix
> uid=125(postfix) gid=125(postfix) groups=125(postfix),6(mail),3125(maildirs)
> Miroslav Lachman

Oh, indeed. You hit a limitation of /usr/sbin/pw.

The groups are applied with "pw usermod -G $grouplist"

from pw(8):
> -G grouplist  Set additional group memberships for an account.  grouplist
>               is a comma, space or tab-separated list of group names or
>               group numbers.  The user's name is added to the group lists
>               in /etc/group, *and removed from any groups not specified in
>               grouplist*.

I can think about a workaround for your case. Give me some time will do some tests.


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