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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 <>
To: Havard Eidnes <>
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 
 the result.
 >   Do you get the same problem if you try to install perl 5.8.8 or perl 
 > 5.10.0?
 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 
 NetBSD/alpha anyway.
 >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
 >available from
 Thanks, I'll keep it in mind.

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