[Mailman-Users] Mailman configuration error

Dan Mahoney, System Admin danm at prime.gushi.org
Wed Oct 27 20:42:03 CEST 2004

On Wed, 27 Oct 2004, Adam G. Garson wrote:

> Hi -- I'm trying to install Mailman on a Mandrake 10.1 system.  I have new
> installations of Python 2.3.4 and GCC 3.4.2 both compiled from source -- no
> rpms.  When I run the configure script I get the error quoted below.  This
> occurs even as root, so I don't think it's a permission problem.   I've done
> everything I can think of but can't resolve the issue.  Can anybody give me
> some guidance on how to troubleshoot this one (I'm not a programmer)?
> Thanks very much.

Give it the path to the python executable, not to the lib directory.


> Adam Garson
> ***** Distutils is not available or is incomplete for /usr/bin/python
> ***** If you installed Python from RPM (or other package manager)
> ***** be sure to install the -devel package, or install Python
> ***** from source.  See README.LINUX for details
> bash-2.05b$
> /configure --with-username=adam --with-cgi-gid=webgroup --with-mailhost=nan
> nypay.net --with-urlhost=nannypay.net --with-python=/usr/local/lib/python2.3
> checking for --with-python... /usr/local/lib/python2.3
> checking Python interpreter... /usr/local/lib/python2.3
> checking Python version... ./configure: line 1379:
> /usr/local/lib/python2.3: is a directory
> cat: conftest.out: No such file or directory
> configure: error:
> ***** /usr/local/lib/python2.3 is too old (or broken)
> ***** Python 2.1 or newer is required
> ***** Python 2.1.3 or better is recommended
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