Certain users can't start python

Michael Ross gmx at ross.cx
Mon Dec 12 13:26:07 UTC 2011

Am 12.12.2011, 13:22 Uhr, schrieb Tomasz Kowalczyk <kowalczfbsd at gmail.com>:

> 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 ?

No, it wasn't. I forgot to add it to the "wheel" group. ("Missing  
something obvious" alright).

> I think it can be something with permissions, maybe files in
> /local/lib/python2.7/ got strange permissions ?

That was it: /usr/local/lib/python2.7 was chmodded 770.
No idea why.


> 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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