[Mailman-Users] Re: Mailman-Users digest, Vol 1 #955 - 18 msgs

Jeffrey Thompson jeffrey at thompsonic.com
Mon Jan 1 15:37:28 CET 2001

> 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.

Sounds like an ownership problem.  You have some things in mailman owned
by root.  Try this as root from the mailman root directory:

     cd /something/mailman
     chown -R mailman.mailman .

then try running you make again and see if that helps

Jeffrey Thompson

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