[Mailman-Users] "No mailman user found" error when building Mailman 2.1

Steve Rifkin steve410 at cs.jhu.edu
Tue Feb 4 18:15:36 CET 2003

Having problems installing mailman 2.1 on a Solaris 8 Ultra 10 machine using GCC 
3.2.1 and python 2.2.2

I'm installing as mailman, and the configure dies with (see more below):

mailman> ./configure --prefix=/users/mailman --with-python=/usr/local/bin/python 
--with-cgi-gid=65534 --with-mail-gid=1

creating cache ./config.cache
checking for --with-python... /usr/local/bin/python
checking Python interpreter... /usr/local/bin/python
checking Python version... 2.2.2
checking that Python has a working distutils... yes
checking for a BSD compatible install... /usr/local/bin/install -c
checking whether make sets ${MAKE}... yes
checking for true... /usr/local/bin/true
checking for --without-gcc... no
checking for gcc... gcc
checking whether the C compiler (gcc  ) works... yes
checking whether the C compiler (gcc  ) is a cross-compiler... no
checking whether we are using GNU C... yes
checking whether gcc accepts -g... yes
checking whether #! works in shell scripts... yes
checking for --with-var-prefix... no
checking for --with-permcheck... yes
checking for --with-username... mailman
checking for user name "mailman"... Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "conftest.py", line 1, in ?
    import pwd
ImportError: No module named pwd
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.


As you can see below, mailman DOES exist (I'm logged in as mailman).

mailman> grep mailman /etc/passwd
mailman:x:10:44:mailadm LOCAL:/users/mailman:/bin/csh

mailman> whoami

How can I get past this error?  Is it a python error?  If so, what would you 
suggest I do get the build to find the correct pwd module?


Steve Rifkin
steve410 at cs.jhu.edu

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