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Sympa can run on any unix operating system including linux, solaris, mac-os, free-bsd, ... Prerequisite are described in detail in Sympa reference manual.
Sympa authors do not themselves produce binary packages for any system (.rpm, .deb). The packages you can find from http://www.sympa.org/linux.html are contributions, as there is always some delay before a version is available as binary package.
Sympa installation is known as long job. In fact this not really true : the installation itself is simple (./configure; make; make install) but there is a lot of configuration work in order to plug Sympa in with other services : Perl, RDBMS, syslog, sendmail, Apache, ... Later upgrade processes are really fast and simple because all those items running don't need to be modified. As a conclusion: what ever you are using, a binary package or a source distrib, installation requires good experience with your operating system, but the advantage of using the source distribution is that you get to use the latest Sympa version.
Check http://www.sympa.org/distribution/current/INSTALL which is included in the distribution.
This error message happens during the autoconf run if you don't have the required gettext-devel package (sometimes named gettext-dvl) installed on your system.
You should install the required package to complete the Sympa installation process :
yum install gettext-devel
apt-get install gettext
This error message shows while running configure.
To fix the problem, you should re-run the automake command with the –add-missing option