[Setup] Plone3: some problems using buildout

Toni Mueller toni.mueller at oeko.net
Tue Dec 18 16:45:32 UTC 2007


I'm trying to get a Plone3 instance installed using buildout ("latest" 
mode, just updated today) for a deployment configuration, along the
lines of Martin's nice tutorial.

Everything installs "semi-fine" in that the general machinery works if I 
don't attempt to use 'user' or 'effective-user' statements, but run all 
processes as me. But I have trouble finding additional information about 
doing it in a realistic way, eg. with separate users for these 
processes, or otherwise customized zeo.conf and zope.conf configuration 
files (ie, extend/modify the recipes). I also have some strange problems 
that I couldn't yet fathom:

* Starting ZEO works nicely, regardless whether I try to switch
   the user or not.

* Starting the Zope client ("primary") works nicely if I start
   it as me, regardless whether I say "start" or "fg".

* Starting the Zope client as root using "start", using an
   'effective-user' statement in parts/primary/etc/zope.conf,
   does NOT work in that the process starts nicely and doesn't
   produce any error messages in the logs (var/log/primary*.log),
   but it does not open the listening socket. IOW, I cannot
   send any requests to this process.

* Starting it as root saying "fg" instead (ie, "./bin/primary fg"),
   it does not even start, but yields this error message:

# ./bin/primary fg
Traceback (most recent call last):
line 56, in ?
line 21, in run
   File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/PIL/__init__.py", line 99, in 

   File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/PIL/__init__.py", line 293, in 

ImportError: No module named misc.lock_file

Of course, the file is there, and I also chown'ed -R toni:zope and chmod 
-R g+rwX everything, so access should really not be a problem.

This happens with Plone 3.0.4 with Zope 2.10.5 on Debian Etch/amd64.

I've seen a similar problem discussed a few months ago where someone
had no luck on Solaris, but I don't know in how far these problems are

Any help is much appreciated!


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