[Mailman-Users] Upgrade failure to 2.1b3

Barry A. Warsaw barry at python.org
Tue Oct 8 04:56:00 CEST 2002

>>>>> "GAVH" == G Armour Van Horn <vanhorn at whidbey.com> writes:

    GAVH> The configure runs fine right down to the end where it tells
    GAVH> me I don't have Chinese Unicode support and sends me off to
    GAVH> a location where there aren't any files, but I don't really
    GAVH> expect to have a lot of Chinese customers on here. It's the
    GAVH> next step that is stopping me:

    GAVH> make install runs smoothly for several minutes, but
    GAVH> concludes with this:

    > Compiling /home/mailman/Mailman/Version.py ...
    > Compiling /home/mailman/Mailman/__init__.py ...
    > Compiling /home/mailman/Mailman/htmlformat.py ...
    > Compiling /home/mailman/Mailman/i18n.py ...
    > Compiling /home/mailman/Mailman/versions.py ...
    > Traceback (most recent call last):
    >   File "bin/update", line 44, in ?
    >     import paths
    > ImportError: No module named paths
    > make: *** [update] Error 1

As far as I've been able to figure out, this only happens when you do
not have the python2-devel package installed.  It should never happen
when you build Python from source.  Apparently RH decided not to
include the distutils package in the basic Python RPM, but Mailman 2.1
requires distutils in order to properly install.

MM2.1b4 will barf loudly if distutils is missing, so at least you
won't get this mysterious error.


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