[Mailman-Users] Problems with configure

Richard Barrett R.Barrett at ftel.co.uk
Wed Oct 16 12:39:05 CEST 2002

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 
>What am I doing wrong here ?
>Any advice or help will be much appreciated.
>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:


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