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[ID 20000330.024] Problem with $^V

Stephen P. Potter
March 30, 2000 08:50
[ID 20000330.024] Problem with $^V
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This is a bug report for perl from,
generated with the help of perlbug 1.26 running under perl 5.006.

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I understand from the perlvar man page that $^V returns
chr(5).chr(6).chr(0).  I don't see the value of this as that is rarely (if
ever) going to return something legible, and it breaks existing behaviour
with use English and $PERL_VERSION.

> perl -e 'print $^V'
> perl5.00503 -MEnglish -e 'print "$PERL_VERSION\n"'
> perl -MEnglish -e 'print "$PERL_VERSION\n"'
(The above line shows up as either "e" or an "LF" character, depending on
the encoding).  

I don't know whether there should be a wide ranging change that corrects
all X.X.X (or vX.X.X) problems, or just a special case for $^V.  In either
case, when used in a string context, $^V and especially $PERL_VERSION
should return something ligible, such as 5.00600 (as old was) or 5.6.0 (as

(Hmmm... strange I got the 5.00503 perlbug, not the 5.6.0 version... must
be a wierdness in my path somewhere)

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This perlbug was built using Perl 5.00503 - Mon Aug 30 23:08:56 EDT 1999
It is being executed now by  Perl 5.006 - Mon Mar 27 21:08:30 EST 2000.

Site configuration information for perl 5.006:

Configured by spp at Mon Mar 27 21:08:30 EST 2000.

Summary of my perl5 (revision 5.0 version 6 subversion 0) configuration:
    osname=linux, osvers=2.2.12-20, archname=i686-linux
    uname='linux 2.2.12-20 #1 mon sep 27 10:40:35 edt 1999 i686 unknown '
    hint=recommended, useposix=true, d_sigaction=define
    usethreads=undef use5005threads=undef useithreads=undef usemultiplicity=undef
    useperlio=undef d_sfio=undef uselargefiles=define 
    use64bitint=undef use64bitall=undef uselongdouble=undef usesocks=undef
    cc='cc', optimize='-O2', gccversion=egcs-2.91.66 19990314/Linux (egcs-1.1.2 release)
    ccflags ='-fno-strict-aliasing -D_LARGEFILE_SOURCE -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64'
    stdchar='char', d_stdstdio=define, usevfork=false
    intsize=4, longsize=4, ptrsize=4, doublesize=8
    d_longlong=define, longlongsize=8, d_longdbl=define, longdblsize=12
    ivtype='long', ivsize=4, nvtype='double', nvsize=8, Off_t='off_t', lseeksize=8
    alignbytes=4, usemymalloc=n, prototype=define
  Linker and Libraries:
    ld='cc', ldflags =' -L/usr/local/lib'
    libpth=/usr/local/lib /lib /usr/lib
    libs=-lnsl -lndbm -lgdbm -ldb -ldl -lm -lc -lposix -lcrypt
    libc=/lib/, so=so, useshrplib=false, libperl=libperl.a
  Dynamic Linking:
    dlsrc=dl_dlopen.xs, dlext=so, d_dlsymun=undef, ccdlflags='-rdynamic'
    cccdlflags='-fpic', lddlflags='-shared -L/usr/local/lib'

Locally applied patches:

@INC for perl 5.006:

Environment for perl 5.006:
    LANG (unset)
    LANGUAGE (unset)
    LD_LIBRARY_PATH (unset)
    LOGDIR (unset)
    PERL_BADLANG (unset)
    SHELL=/bin/tcsh Perl Programming lists via nntp and http.
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