Bizarre error while ./configure-ing PIL

Michael Hudson mwh21 at
Wed Jun 2 23:34:46 CEST 1999

Matt Gushee <mgushee at> writes:
> Hello, folks--
> This may be the weirdest thing I've yet seen happen on a Linux
> box. I'm running RedHat Linux 5.2 and trying to compile PIL 1.0b1. I
> have a feeling this isn't really a PIL- or Python-specific problem,
> but just in case anyone's run into this:
> [matt at crawdad Imaging-1.0b1]$ ls -dl libImaging
> drwxr-xr-x   2 matt     matt         2048 Jun  1 03:26 libImaging
> [matt at crawdad Imaging-1.0b1]$ cd libImaging/
> [matt at crawdad libImaging]$ ls -l configure
> -rwxr-xr-x   1 matt     matt        65845 Jan 10 04:29 configure
> [matt at crawdad libImaging]$ ./configure
> bash: ./configure: Permission denied
> [matt at crawdad libImaging]$ su
> Password: 
> [root at crawdad libImaging]# ./configure
> bash: ./configure: Permission denied
> What the --- ?

Random guess, but check the first line of ./configure. It should
probably read


My guess is either 1) /bin/sh is not executable (very unlikely, all
sorts of things would barf at that) 2) the line's gotten mangled
somehows - maybe a misplaced space?

> Extremely puzzledly yours,
> Matt Gushee
> Portland, Maine, USA

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