Certain users can't start python

Tomasz Kowalczyk kowalczfbsd at gmail.com
Mon Dec 12 12:53:13 UTC 2011

On Monday 12 of December 2011 06:31:46 Michael Ross wrote:
> Hello,
> I am ... stuck.
> I've been trying to setup mercurials web frontend with apache,
> but apache won't start python.
> Not as cgi-script, not with mod_python.
> Investigating, I found this not only to be a problem with apache.
> Situation now:
> Users "michael" and "root" can run python.
> All others can't:
> 	Could not find platform independent libraries <prefix>
> 	Could not find platform dependent libraries <exec_prefix>
> 	Consider setting $PYTHONHOME to <prefix>[:<exec_prefix>]
> 	ImportError: No module named site
> For troubleshooting, I cloned "michael" to an new user "dummy",
> i. e. I created the user, copied all .dotfiles from "michael" over,
> adjusted permissions.
> "dummy" can't start python either.

Is user 'dummy' in same groups that 'michael' is ?
I think it can be something with permissions, maybe files in 
/local/lib/python2.7/ got strange permissions ?
Basically module 'site' (site.py in detail) is loaded by interpreter on early 
start, so if it can't read it , python will raise this error.

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