[Mailman-Users] Installation problem

Eric Evans eje4 at cornell.edu
Mon Apr 15 20:26:44 CEST 2002


I have not been able to install Mailman, and I'm hoping someone out there 
may be able to offer some helpful advice.

Configuration: I'm on a Sun workstation with Solaris 8, and running NIS.  I 
have created a user called mailman, and a group called mailman.  The 
mailman user is listed in the local passwd file, i.e. /etc/passwd/.  The 
mailman home directory is /usersm/mailman, and it is owned by user 
mailman.  The setgid bit is set on this directory.  I am logged in as user 
mailman when I try to run the installation.

The problem is that when I run ./configure --prefix=/usersm/mailman, it 
fails with the following error messages:

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

This is puzzling because I most definitely do have a mailman user 
defined.  Can anyone help me figure out what the problem is here?  Thanks 
very much.

Best wishes,
Eric Evans
Cornell Phonetics Lab
Ithaca, NY

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