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Andy Dougherty
May 4, 2001 06:29
Re: Perl under AIX 4.3.3
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On Fri, 4 May 2001, H.Merijn Brand wrote:

> On Thu, 3 May 2001 20:53:38 -0400 (EDT), Andy Dougherty <> wrote:
> > On Thu, 3 May 2001, David Leigh wrote:
> > 
> > > Hello,
> > > 
> > > I was experiencing the same problem with perl 5.6.1, aix 4.3.3, and vac
> > > 5.0.2.  But the problem disappears if you answer 'n' to using
> > > /usr/bin/nm in Configure.  
> > > Not sure where the bug is, but it's decent workaround.
> > 
> > If you think this is a fairly generic problem, you can set usenm in
> > hints/  (It's a safe thing to do -- it causes Configure to take
> > longer, but at least it's apparently more likely to get the right answer.)
> Make that depend on AIX 4.3.3 (`oslevel`) or on $ccversion ?

Yes, if anyone could provide a definitive list :-).  The default for usenm
has gone back and forth in AIX over the years.  Currently, the default
is usenm='true' unless you're running a specific set of AIX versions known
to cause problems.

I'm suggesting we reverse this:  Have usenm=false except for a specific
enumerated set of known working versions.  I don't know if nm is part of
the compiler suite or part of the 4.3.3 operating system, but it's
entirely possible that we need to worry about both the compiler version
and the os version.  Yuck.

If someone could provide me with a list of AIX OS/compiler combinations
that are known to work with usenm=true, I'll put together a Configure
patch.  (It's ok if the list has only one entry -- that'll at least be
enough to put the scaffolding for the test in place and additional
platforms can be added as necessary.)

    Andy Dougherty
    Dept. of Physics
    Lafayette College, Easton PA 18042

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