[Mailman-Users] install trouble on Mac OS X PB...

Tom Moore tom.moore at landslidedesign.com
Sun Dec 31 18:22:22 CET 2000

Well, after finally wrestling my OS X Server system into running the 
very useful Mailman program, I've dumped it in favor of the Mac OS X 
Public Beta, and the fun is starting all over.

I'm running into an odd error, one that most likely has a very simple 
fix. I get the following:


[rock:OpenUp/mailman_0/mailman-2.0] root# ./configure
loading cache ./config.cache
checking for --with-python... no
checking for python... (cached) /usr/local/bin/python
checking Python interpreter... /usr/local/bin/python
checking Python version... 2.0
checking for a BSD compatible install... (cached) /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether make sets ${MAKE}... (cached) yes
checking for true... (cached) /usr/bin/true
checking for --without-gcc... no
checking for gcc... (cached) cc
checking whether the C compiler (cc  ) works... yes
checking whether the C compiler (cc  ) is a cross-compiler... no
checking whether we are using GNU C... (cached) yes
checking whether cc accepts -g... (cached) yes
checking whether #! works in shell scripts... (cached) yes
checking for --with-var-prefix... no
checking for --with-username... mailman
checking for mailman UID... ./configure: permission denied: conftest.py [1152]
/usr/local/bin/python: can't open file 'conftest.py'
cat: conftest.out: No such file or directory

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.
[rock:OpenUp/mailman_0/mailman-2.0] root#


I do indeed have a "mailman" user... I'm guessing that it's a file 
permission thing rather than a username problem, but God knows I'm no 
expert. When I take out that section from the configure file, it 
skips down to the next section, has apparent trouble opening 
conftest.py, and tells me that I don't, for example, have a group 
named "mailman,' which I do. Oddly, when I try to install 
with-username=root, it actually works. Any other user name fails.

Many thanks for your help.

Tom Moore


Tom Moore
President, Landslide Design
tom.moore at landslidedesign.com
11 Forest Ave., Rockville, MD 20850
phone: 301.762.0627 fax: 301.762.5156

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