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Re: port-alpha/17926 (perl 5.6.1 test generates core dump)
The following reply was made to PR port-alpha/17926; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: Ray Phillips <r.phillips%uq.edu.au@localhost>
To: Havard Eidnes <he%NetBSD.org@localhost>
Subject: Re: port-alpha/17926 (perl 5.6.1 test generates core dump)
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2009 17:35:26 +1000
>1) Is there a particular reason you want to use perl 5.6.1 instead of
> something a bit more modern?
As you mentioned, the problem report is old. I'd forgotten I'd filed
it but a request for feedback turned up in my Inbox a week or so ago
(initiated by David Holland, I think) so I tried again and reported
> Do you get the same problem if you try to install perl 5.8.8 or perl
I haven't tried 5.8.8 with NetBSD/alpha 5 but 5.10.0 seems to be OK,
at least I've configured it and run make successfully. 'make test'
fails three tests, which I mentioned to David.
>2) Is there a particular reason you can't use the pkgsrc package of
> perl5 instead of building this "standalone" outside pkgsrc?
Well, I guess I'm a bit ornery. I think programs should compile
properly without needing to be modified, particularly in the case of
such a basic tool as perl.
I do use pkgsrc sometimes, normally when I've no hope of installing
what I want without it, such as when I want a machine to run KDE.
One drawback with pkgsrc is you have to wait for the maintainer to
port the latest version of a program to it, another is some programs
aren't available in it.
> Do you get the same problem with building if you build the pkgsrc package?
That's something I haven't tried, not with version 5.10.0 on
>My NetBSD/alpha 5.0 system has just completed a bulk pkgsrc build of
>pkgsrc-2009Q1, and as a result a binary package of perl 5.10.0nb5 is
Thanks, I'll keep it in mind.
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