Mod_python error: "PythonHandler index"

Traceback (most recent call last):

  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/mod_python/apache.py", line 299, in HandlerDispatch
    result = object(req)

  File "index.py", line 156, in handler

  File "index.py", line 116, in process

  File "basic.py", line 181, in basicInit

  File "lib/rpc.py", line 26, in connect

ProtocolError: .>