[Mailman-Users] Problems installing Mailman on RedHat and Apache - Premature End of script headers

Richard Barrett r.barrett at openinfo.co.uk
Sat Aug 21 09:19:20 CEST 2004

On 20 Aug 2004, at 19:13, ralph at netzbeben.de wrote:

> Hi Richard!
> There's no log in $prefix/logs/error.. does that mean apache doesn't
> even start the cgi?

It is not clear what is going wrong as this point.

What should be happening is that:

1. Apache should run the $exec-prefix/cgi-bin/admin CGI wrapper. This 
in turn runs:

2. The Python script $prefix/Mailman/Cgi/admin.py

 From what you have said the first step does not appear to succeed. If 
it had then any subsequent error would have been reported by the 
wrapper. No evidence of a Python problem as such.

You could check your syslog to see if the the wrapper managed to write 
anything there. But, if the Mailman install process did not report any 
errors, I suspect your problem lies with the httpd.conf entries. Where 
is $exec-prefix/cgi-bin/admin in your setup and what httpd.conf entries 
did you add?

> My versions:
> RedHat 9
> Apache 2.0.48
> Python 2.3.4
> Mailman 2.1.5
> I installed following the INSTALL-Instructions..
> (compiling etc. i arrived at httpd.conf and did the changes..)
> I just upgraded to Python 2.3.4 and recompiled mailman but the
> error still occurs.
>> Anything logged in the Mailman error log ($prefix/logs/error)?
>> What OS? What version of MM? How installed?
>>> Hello everyone,
>>> i noticed that other people have a similiar issue, but there was no
>>> help yet.
>>> I installed mailman and after doing the necessary changes to
>>> httpd.conf i tried to check out if the cgi will work or not. and it
>>> does not.
>>> http://myserver/mailman/admin
>>> will give a
>>> Internal Server Error
>>> The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was
>>> unable to complete your request.
>>> Please contact the server administrator, root at localhost and inform
>>> them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done
>>> that may have caused the error.
>>> More information about this error may be available in the server 
>>> error
>>> log.
>>> The httpd-log says: Premature End of script headers: admin
>>> apache runs the cgi-bin as user/group: nobody
>>> where is the error? i followed the instructions..
>>> seems that something's wrong with python?!!
>>> thanks!

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