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OS Solaris 8
Version: mailman-2.0.13
Python: 2.2.1

I have created the mailman user (uid 110) and the mailman group (gid 15)

When I run configure (as the mailman user) I get the following output:

(Stuff excluded at the top)

checking for true... /bin/true
checking for --without-gcc... no
checking for gcc... /usr/local/bin/gcc
checking whether the C compiler (/usr/local/bin/gcc ) works... yes
checking whether the C compiler (/usr/local/bin/gcc ) is a
cross-compiler... no
checking whether we are using GNU C... yes
checking whether /usr/local/bin/gcc accepts -g... yes
checking whether #! works in shell scripts... yes
checking for --with-var-prefix... no
checking for --with-username... mailman
checking for mailman UID... Traceback (most recent call last):
File "conftest.py", line 1, in ?
import pwd, string
ImportError: No module named pwd
cat: cannot open conftest.out

configure: error:
***** No "mailman" user found!
***** Your system must have a "mailman" user defined
***** (usually in your /etc/passwd file). Please see the INSTALL
***** file for details.

I can confirm that the mailman user and group exist. I can log in fine
as "mailman".

What am I doing wrong here ?

Any advice or help will be much appreciated.

Regards,

Hennie (first time mailman user)


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  • Richard Barrett at Oct 16, 2002 at 10:39 am

    At 10:45 16/10/2002, Hennie Rautenbach wrote:
    OS Solaris 8
    Version: mailman-2.0.13
    Python: 2.2.1

    I have created the mailman user (uid 110) and the mailman group (gid 15)

    When I run configure (as the mailman user) I get the following output:

    (Stuff excluded at the top)

    checking for true... /bin/true
    checking for --without-gcc... no
    checking for gcc... /usr/local/bin/gcc
    checking whether the C compiler (/usr/local/bin/gcc ) works... yes
    checking whether the C compiler (/usr/local/bin/gcc ) is a
    cross-compiler... no
    checking whether we are using GNU C... yes
    checking whether /usr/local/bin/gcc accepts -g... yes
    checking whether #! works in shell scripts... yes
    checking for --with-var-prefix... no
    checking for --with-username... mailman
    checking for mailman UID... Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "conftest.py", line 1, in ?
    import pwd, string
    ImportError: No module named pwd
    cat: cannot open conftest.out

    configure: error:
    ***** No "mailman" user found!
    ***** Your system must have a "mailman" user defined
    ***** (usually in your /etc/passwd file). Please see the INSTALL
    ***** file for details.

    I can confirm that the mailman user and group exist. I can log in fine as
    "mailman".

    What am I doing wrong here ?

    Any advice or help will be much appreciated.

    Regards,

    Hennie (first time mailman user)
    Your problem is a Python installation one rather than a Mailman one. See
    this archived post to this list for more explanation:

    http://www.mail-archive.com/mailman-users at python.org/msg11920.html

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