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Re: Module::Build design plans

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Nicholas Clark
May 23, 2002 02:50
Re: Module::Build design plans
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On Thu, May 23, 2002 at 11:20:21AM +0200, Andreas J. Koenig wrote:
> Storable as canonical format is absolutely no option because it has
> had too many perl-version-specific bugs in the past and because it is
> not available to other tools.

It also has too many bugs at present:

I found another one two days ago - storing large unsigned integers that
haven't been used in floating point or string context, plus I know that
there are some other issues with 64 bit IV builds on 5.6.0 and 5.6.1.

There are also 2 ongoing, possibly unrelated bugs of people reporting
"out of memory" errors when retrieving hashes.

Basically, it wouldn't surprise me to find other subtle data dependant bugs
in Storable in the future, and I wouldn't like to have metadata stored in
a format that may well have become corrupted at write time, and hence cause
data loss.

However, the most important thing is that as Andreas says the format is
not available to non-perl tools.

Nicholas Clark

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