[Mailman-Users] Problem with Installing Mailman 2.1.9 on Solaris 10

David Devereaux-Weber dave at ddwsvcs.com
Mon Apr 2 17:20:42 CEST 2007


Thanks for your help!

I installed Python 2.4.4.  I did receive errors that tcl and something 
else didn't install.  Now, the Mailman install script still finds 
/opt/csw/lib/python2.3/distutils/dist.py:213 .  Can you tell me where 
Python 2.4.4 puts the distutils?


vancleef at lostwells.net wrote:
> The esteemed David Devereaux-Weber has said:
>> I'm having a problem with building mailman 2.1.9 on Solaris 10.  No problems with configure or make, but make install breaks.
>> Here is an extract:
>> /opt/csw/lib/python2.3/distutils/dist.py:213: 
> There's your problem.
>> Does anyone see something here?
> You're using the wrong Python.  I don't know where you got this Python
> (/opt/csw is not a Solaris 10 directory), but it's behaving the same
> as the Python 2.3 that is in the Solaris 10 distribution installed in
> /usr/sfw.  My recollection is that /opt/csw is being used by one or
> more prebuilt services who have religious tabus about using
> /usr/local, and presume you've downloaded a prebuilt Python package
> and installed it.  
> Download the Python 2.4.4 source (not 2.5 or later), configure, and
> build that.  It will not build completely, but what doesn't build
> (tcl and the ssl functions) isn't needed for Mailman.  Solaris 10
> comes with gcc 3.4.2 in /usr/sfw/bin, which can be used to build both
> Python and Mailman.  
> When you've got Python 2.4.4 built and installed, use "which python"
> to make sure it's the first one in your path.  
> /usr/local/bin/python
> Also, on a Solaris system (all versions), I strongly recommend
> renaming /usr/ucb/cc to something else so that configure scripts don't
> think the system has a working cc.  That particular cc is a shell
> script stub that is there for historical reasons dating from the
> original SVR4 specification in 1988.  
> If you have downloaded and installed the Sun development system
> (Studio 11 is the current marketing name for it) that installs by
> default in /opt/SUNWspro, use that cc and CC instead of the GNU stuff.
> Note that you'll have to force the configure scripts not to use gcc
> when you run them.  
> Hank 

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