import site fails - Please Help

Helmut Jarausch jarausch at
Mon Nov 15 09:46:17 CET 2010

Hi, I'm completely puzzled and I hope someone
can shed some light on it.

After cloning a running system, booting the new machine from a rescue CD,
chroot to the new root partition, I get the following strange error
from python upon startup

python -v
> import site failed
st= os.stat(path)
stat() argument 1 must be encoded string without NULL bytes, not str

So, what's broken? How can I get out what 'path' contained at this

Many thanks for your help,

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